Musk praises Tesla's China team

Sunday, 01 Sep, 2019

Social media users have noticed much more activity on Tesla's Weibo account in recent months while company has also held several roundtables with reporters and internet influencers throughout China since July.

There has been a lot of talk about how Artificial Intelligence (AI) and robotics may one day take over human jobs.

Elon Musk's admiration of internet memes was confirmed when he featured on PewDiePie's famous "Meme Review" show on YouTube back in 2018. The Tesla and SpaceX founder's very presence at a government-backed convention on synthetic intelligence was a sign to Washington, which is attempting to comprise China's ascendancy and rising prowess in cutting-edge know-how.

"Right now we are already a cyborg because we are so well-integrated with our phones and our computers", said Mr Musk, 48. "We must just seem like odd aliens", he said, adding, "If the difference is only that small, that would be wonderful".

Musk is expected to visit the plant in Lingang during his visit and launch a China unit for his infrastructure startup Boring Company, he said on Twitter on August 2.

Ma, who doesn't come from an engineering or science background, didn't buy Musk's ominous warning at all.

Musk cited examples of the chess computer DeepBlue, Alpha Go and Alpha Zero when pressed by Ma to name objects or things made by human beings that were smarter than humans. The Alibaba founder believes that AI is not a threat and that it is not "something bad". Neuralink aims to develop implantable brain-machine interface devices, which conjures images of The Matrix movies, whose characters download software to their brains that instantly turns them into martial arts masters.

Ma was also not impressed with Musk's big dream of colonizing Mars and interplanetary living.

"I learned how to push my Model 3 to its limits", said Wang, who writes both enthusiastic and critical blogs about Tesla and occasionally races his vehicle with friends. "Can we go along for the ride with AI?"

Insisting he is "not a tech guy", he added: "I think AI can help us understand humans better".

Meanwhile, AI will be needed for many jobs undesired by human workers, according to Ma.

In contrast, Ma said he was "quite optimistic" about how AI would benefit humanity.

Whereas the billionaire entrepreneur was cautious to avoid the commerce struggle or longer-term geopolitical tensions, he spoke freely on almost every thing else - together with the chance that life as we all know it could finish abruptly. "We need to have much more than that", said Ma. "I really think China's the future".