Opinions from influencers order top occupation any alma mater University of California topic any agree & disagree
Andrew Ng, Baidu; Stanford CS faculty; founded Coursera and Google BrainWorrying about the rise of evil killer robots is like worrying about overpopulation and pollution on Mars before we've even set foot on it - an unnecessary distraction.
Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry and president of the Royal SocietyI am very happy eating transgenic maize. Genetically modified foods can make a difference: adapted to drought or more nutrients in a crop such as Golden Rice, in which precursors of vitamin A are introduced and can help prevent childhood blindness.
Andrew Ng, Baidu; Stanford CS faculty; founded Coursera and Google Brain
disagrees Basic IncomeI do not believe in unconditional basic income because this just encourages people to be trapped in low skilled jobs without a meaningful path to climb up to do better work. So rather than to pay people to “do nothing” I would rather see a new “New deal” where we pay you to study because I think that today we know how to educate people at scale and the society is pretty good at finding meaningf... See More
Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman & former CEO, GoogleWe have to make them [workers] more productive through automation, through tools. So I'm convinced that there is in fact going to be a jobs shortage. There is going to be jobs that are unfulfilled, and that the way we'll fill them is to take people plus computers, and the computers will make people smarter. If you make the people smarter, their wages go up. They don't go down, and the number of jo... See More
Vint Cerf, Internet pioneerHistorically, technology has created more jobs than it destroys and there is no reason to think otherwise in this case. Someone has to make and service all these advanced devices.
Jonathan Grudin, Computer science researcherTechnology will continue to disrupt jobs, but more jobs seem likely to be created. When the world population was a few hundred million people there were hundreds of millions of jobs. Although there have always been unemployed people, when we reached a few billion people there were billions of jobs. There is no shortage of things that need to be done and that will not change.
John Pugsley, American political and economics commentator
disagrees TariffsAny time you read that your government is erecting tariff barriers, supporting threatened industries with subsidies, or interfering in any way with free trade between individuals or nations, you must realize that your standard of living is being lowered as a result.
disagrees Universal Health CareMorally, you have no right to demand medical care of me. I may recognize your necessity and offer charity; my friends and I may choose to band together and fund your medical care. But your necessity does not change the basic math: Medical care is a service and a good provided by a third party... [M]edical care is a commodity, and treating it otherwise is foolhardy. To make a commodity cheaper a... See More
John Campbell, Former US Representative
disagrees Universal Health CareIn school, we were taught that the first 10 amendments to the Constitution were ratified in 1791, and collectively they form our Bill of Rights... Rights are not about giving you something for free; they are about protecting natural liberties from those who would take them away from you. For instance, the Second Amendment guarantees the right to bear arms. It does not however, say that you get gun... See More
Steve Wozniak, Co-Founder of Apple Inc, inventor of the personal computerIt's actually going to turn out really good for humans. And it will be hundreds of years down the stream before they'd even have the ability. They'll be so smart by then that they'll know they have to keep nature, and humans are 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.
Sam Harris, American author, philosopher, and neuroscientistIt is sobering to admit that chaos seems a probable outcome even in the best-case scenario, in which the AGI remained perfectly obedient. But of course we cannot assume the best-case scenario. In fact, “the control problem”—the solution to which would gu
Andrew Ng, Baidu; Stanford CS faculty; founded Coursera and Google BrainTech world is used to tectonic shift every 5 years from new inventions. Now tech has infected other industries so everyone has to shift.
Andrew Ng, Baidu; Stanford CS faculty; founded Coursera and Google BrainNeed to time technology well: 2007 was good time to launch iPhone; but not 1993 (Apple Newton) since battery/screen/chip tech not there. Extreme example: Leonardo da Vinci (1480s) invention of helicopters was way too early. Engine technology didn’t get there until 1900s. Maybe 2007 was early for autonomous driving (DARPA Urban Challenge) since AI, sensors not yet there. From ~2015 ecosystem more r... See More
Randy W. Schekman, Nobel Prize winner in medicineI find it surprising that groups that are very supportive of science when it comes to global climate change, or even, for the most part, in the appreciation of the value of vaccination in preventing human disease, yet can be so dismissive of the general views of scientists when it comes to something as important as the world’s agricultural future.
Robert H. Frank, University of California, Berkeley, Georgia Institute of Technology
agrees Carbon TaxReducing CO2 emissions would actually be surprisingly easy. The most effective remedy would be a carbon tax, which would raise the after-tax price of goods in rough proportion to the size of their carbon footprint.
Gurdev Khush, World Food Prize winnerThere is no scientific justification for this extremism which damages lives and welfare, especially of poor people. There is a moral imperative to make GM technology available for public good.
Masayoshi Son, Founder and CEO of SoftBankA superintelligence will become a reality in the next 30 years. If we misuse it, it's a risk.
Steve Wozniak, Co-Founder of Apple Inc, inventor of the personal computer
agrees Net neutralityFast lanes or “paid prioritization” create anti-competitive incentives for ISPs to favor their own services over those of their competitors. Though Pai thinks paid prioritization would somehow benefit consumers, allowing ISPs to make such arrangements would stifle innovation online and make it harder for the next great streaming service or social network to reach the market. This is not an idle wo... See More
Gordon Moore, Co-founder and chairman emeritus of Intel. Proponent of Moore's LawThe singularity is unlikely ever to occur because of the complexity with which the human brain operates
Bill Gross, Billionaire investor, Janus CapitalInstead we should spend money where it’s needed most – our collapsing infrastructure for instance, health care for an aging generation and perhaps on a revolutionary new idea called UBI – Universal Basic Income. If more and more workers are going to be displaced by robots, then they will need money to live on, will they not?
Andrew Ng, Baidu; Stanford CS faculty; founded Coursera and Google BrainUS govt should focus on accelerating US AI, rather than trying to slow down anyone else.
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