Elon Musk And Jack Ma Share Their Opposing Views On The Future Of Jobs

The World Artificial Intelligence Conference (WAIC) took place in Shanghai, China on August 28th. Elon Musk claimed the spotlight at the conference when he issued a warning that Artificial Intelligence could surpass humans in every way. Musk believes that AI is already outsmarting humans and Artificial Intelligence researchers are making the mistake of considering themselves to be smarter than AI. The Tesla CEO added that technology is growing faster than our ability to understand it.

Jack Ma, the founder of Alibaba, one of the world’s largest retailers and cloud computing providers, was also part to conversation and presented an opposing view to that Elon Musk. He said that AI is something that humankind should embrace and would deliver fresh insights into how people think. He also predicted that the rise of Artificial Intelligence could lead to the formation of new jobs, which require less time and are more centred on creative tasks.


Mr Musk, however, believes that mass unemployment is a real cause of concern. He believes that Artificial Intelligence will make human skills redundant and the only job remaining in the future will be writing AI, and then eventually, the AI will simply write its own software. To avoid such a predicament, he suggested that the solution could be to merge human brains with AI, so they can work hand-in-hand in the future – a task that he hopes to accomplish through his latest start-up, Neuralink.

Although Mr Ma acknowledged that fact that AI is already able to defeat human players in games like Chess and Go, but concluded that AI is just a clever tool, but humans are much smarter. He said that computers only have chips, men have the heart. It’s the heart where the wisdom comes from.

It’s going to get to the point where [AI] just can completely simulate a person in every way possible, like many people simultaneously
— Elon Musk, CEO at Tesla
For sure, we should understand one thing: that man can never make another man
— Jack Ma, Co-founder of Alibaba
Vinay Gadagoju