Steve Wozniak, the technology entrepreneur, philanthropist, and co-founder of Apple, has criticized Elon Musk, the billionaire CEO of Tesla and Twitter, for not keeping his promise to launch self-driving cars. According to him, Tesla vehicles are examples of AI gone wrong and can kill.
Wozniak Slams Musk on Failed Promise
In a recent interview with CNN, Wozniak stated that he has never met or spoken to Elon Musk. While he acknowledged Musk’s efforts in championing the use of electric vehicles, he criticized the CEO’s failure to deliver self-driving cars. Musk initially promised to launch self-driving cars by 2016, which led Wozniak to upgrade to his model with $50,000. However, none of the promises made have been delivered, and the Apple co-founder described the Tesla car as an example of AI gone wrong and trying to kill the driver.
Regarding Musk’s management of Twitter, Wozniak said he has no opinion on the matter, as he avoids social media.
Wozniak Says He’s Not Afraid of AI, Calls for Regulation
In contrast, Wozniak clarified that he is not afraid of AI but rather concerned that the technology could be used negatively. As a signatory to the open letter to stop the development of AI systems more advanced than GPT-4 for six months, Wozniak advocated for effective regulation that prioritizes ethical concerns. However, he acknowledged that global regulation of such powerful technology tools may be impossible.
Wozniak has expressed concern about the emergence of more powerful technology but has praised bitcoin, calling it a «mathematical miracle» in 2021 and referring to it as the «only one that’s pure-gold mathematics» in a later interview in 2022.