Peter Thiel, co-founder and chairman of Palantir Technologies Inc., speaks throughout a information convention in Tokyo, Japan, on Monday, Nov. 18, 2019.
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LONDON — Tech billionaire Peter Thiel believes that folks ought to be more frightened about “surveillance AI” slightly than synthetic normal intelligences, that are hypothetical AI methods with superhuman talents.
The enterprise capitalist, who co-founded large information agency Palantir, said at an event in Miami on Wednesday that on the trail to AGI, you get surveillance AI, which he described as a “communist totalitarian technology.”
Those which might be frightened about AGI aren’t really “paying attention to the thing that really matters,” Thiel stated, including that governments will use AI-powered facial recognition expertise to regulate individuals.
His feedback come three years after Bloomberg reported that “Palantir knows everything about you.” Thiel has additionally invested in facial recognition firm Clearview AI and surveillance start-up Anduril.
Palantir, which has a market worth of $48 billion, has developed information trawling expertise that intelligence companies and governments use for surveillance and to identify suspicious patterns in private and non-private databases. Customers reportedly embody the CIA, FBI, and the U.S. Army.
AGI, depicted in a destructive gentle in sci-fi films reminiscent of “The Terminator” and “Ex Machina,” is being pursued by corporations like DeepMind, which Thiel invested in earlier than it was acquired by Google. Depending on who you ask, the timescale for reaching AGI ranges from a couple of years, to some a long time, to some hundred years, to by no means.
Hype round AGI has diminished not too long ago as individuals realized there’s nonetheless an extended approach to go regardless of some promising breakthroughs. The most superior AI methods stay comparatively “narrow” and unable to carry out “general” duties. An AI that may play the board sport “Go” cannot additionally paint an image, for instance.
Thiel, a well known libertarian who additionally co-founded PayPal and holds a board seat at Facebook, stated Silicon Valley is not speaking about AGI as a lot right now because it was six or seven years in the past.
“Elon’s not talking about it anymore and Larry (Page) is off to Fiji and doesn’t seem to be working on it quite as hard,” he stated, earlier than happening to query why the AGI dialogue hasn’t fully collapsed.
Murray Shanahan, a senior analysis scientist at DeepMind, stated on Twitter that Thiel had an “interesting take” on AGI. He didn’t instantly reply when CNBC requested him to elaborate.
In the identical discuss, Thiel pitted AI towards cryptocurrencies, saying that he’d choose to see the latter one succeed.
“If we say crypto is libertarian and that it is fundamentally a force for decentralization, then I think we should also be willing to say that AI, especially in the low-tech surveillance form, is essentially communist.”
“If you want to frame it as a technological race … I want the crypto decentralized world to work,” he stated.
Thiel added that he feels “underinvested” in bitcoin simply hours after the world’s hottest cryptocurrency climbed to a brand new all-time excessive of simply over $66,000 per coin.