Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak on A.I - "It's Actually Going to Turn Out Really Good for the Humans"

Thursday, 25 June 2015 - 1:02PM
Thursday, 25 June 2015 - 1:02PM
Steve Wozniak has been in the technology industry since before computers were mainstream. In fact, he's partially responsible for the invention of the personal computer, and at the Freescale Technology Forum, the co-founder of Apple shared his views on the future of artificial intelligence, and virtual/augmented reality. 

On Artificial Intelligence:

Wozniak says he used to lie awake and worry about a world (far in the future) that was controlled by artificial intelligence. But luckily, he finally realized "It's actually going to turn out really good for the humans. They're going to be smarter than us, and if they're smarter than us then the'll realize they need us." Can't beat that logic. He then went on. "They'll be so smart by then that they'll know they have to keep nature, and humans are a part of nature. So I got over my fear that we'd be replaced by computers. They're going to help us. We're at least the gods originally."

Wozniak's comments are in stark contrast to those of a number of experts who claim that a future A.I's superior intellect would actually work out very badly for humans. At a conference last year, Engineer and Futurist Nell Watson claimed that we would have to ensure A.I.s understand human values otherwise they could end up "killing us out of kindness." Similarly, the likes of Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk have all stated their fears over the development of Artificial Intelligence, which makes Wozniak's sentiments seem all the more optimistic.  

But before we even come to the point where A.I. would choose whether to demolish or save us, computers would need to have complete control, and Wozniak thinks that's already happening with the Internet of Things (IoT). "Right now... I only do it to prank my wife. Let's see, its 4 a.m. in the morning in California, I'll honk the horn in the garage." Sounds like a good use of technology that he thinks could one day be feeding and caring for him.

On Virtual/Augmented Reality:

Comparing it to the slow rise of the Macintosh (three years), Wozniak is hopeful of a similar eventual rise for augmented reality. For now though, he explains that "It's not real here and abundant and not real cost efficient yet. It takes a while to grow a market.... I love Google Glass for being such a small processor with a small user interface. I couldn't justify it for what it did for the cost." When virtual reality was mentioned however, he seemed much more excited, explaining that VR gear "will really change the world. You get into a different world than what you're used to and it will change your world. Those are the things we appreciate the most about technology - when we have an emotional feeling left over."

So what is Wozniak doing in preparation for humanity's eventual descent into becoming the pets of our creations? Simple: he started feeding his dog filet steak and chicken every night because, when the IoT takes over "we want to be the family pet and be taken care of all the time, and 'do unto others'."
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