Elon Musk calls struggling San Francisco a city of ‘Walking Dead’:- Twitter CEO Elon Musk said the deserted scene in San Francisco, considered the heart of Silicon Valley, looks like one could “literally film an SF episode of The Walking Dead downtown”.
The Twitter and Tesla CEO was responding to a thread by American journalist and author Ashley Vance.
Vance, who wrote a biography on Musk in 2015 titled ‘Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future’, said that during his 20-minute walk through the city, he came across something like, which he had not seen before.
“Took a 20-minute walk down Market Street with a friend who remarked, ‘I’ve never seen anything like this,’ as his head kept spinning the whole time. I love SF. What the city has become is uncanny, Vance tweeted.
He added, “Several pockets of 20 to 30 people all off their heads. A number of them with pants barely on. Zombies. The walking dead. Cops observing the proceedings from 100 feet away.”
Musk was quick to comment on the state of politics and overall matters in San Francisco.
“This is where San Francisco politics kicks in and Twitter was exporting this self-destructive mind virus to the world. Barring a few exceptions, other tech companies are still doing it. Evil in the guise of good, Musk tweeted.
Tech layoffs and longer work-from-home conditions have left San Francisco somewhat deserted.
A Twitter follower asked Musk, “How worrying is it that OpenAI is cooking these politics into the guise of machine intelligence?”
Musk replied, “Extremely worrying, given that this leads to a dystopian future – just take a walk around downtown SF to see what will happen.”
Over the past few months, Musk has questioned OpenAI and its transformation from a non-profit organization into a fully for-profit entity, particularly after Microsoft committed $10 billion in funding to support the Generative AI Research Lab.
Musk, along with Sam Altman — the current CEO of OpenAI — and a few other tech founders started OpenAI in 2015. Musk a quit the lab it in 2018 citing a “conflict of interest” with his work on autonomous driving at Tesla.
This week, a group of artificial intelligence experts and industry executives, along with Twitter CEO and OpenAI confounder Elon Musk wrote an open letter to the US Federal Trade Commission calling for a six-month pause in training systems more powerful than OpenAI’s newly launched model GPT-4.
The letter, issued by the non-profit Future of Life Institute and signed by more than 1,000 people including Musk, Stability AI CEO Emad Mostaque, researchers at Alphabet-owned DeepMind, as well as AI heavyweights Yoshua Bengio and Stuart Russell, called for a pause on advanced AI development until shared safety protocols for such designs were developed, implemented and audited by independent experts.
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