Former Google CEO Schmidt: meta’s meta universe is not necessarily a good thing for humans

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Tencent technology news on November 1, Eric Schmidt, former CEO of Google, said in an interview a few days ago that although he believed that the meta universe advocated by meta would soon be “everywhere”, he warned that the meta universe “is not necessarily the best thing for human society.” in addition, Schmidt also expressed concern about the future of artificial intelligence technology.
Schmidt served as CEO of Google from 2001 to 2011 and served as executive chairman until he left office in May 2020. When he accepted the media financial report last weekend, he said that the metauniverse “is not necessarily the best thing for human society.” Schmidt said: “All those who talk about the meta universe are talking about a more satisfactory world than the current world – you are richer, more handsome, more beautiful, stronger and faster. Therefore, in some years, people will choose to wear eye masks and spend more time in the meta universe. Who will make the rules? The world will become more digital rather than physical. This is not necessarily a challenge for human society Good thing. ”
Schmidt also said that he believes that AI technology is a “huge and false god” that can create unhealthy and quasi social relations. Metauniverse uses AI technology to run most of its platform algorithms. “AI will be everywhere. What is the best friend supported by AI, especially for a child? What is the war supported by AI? Can AI perceive what we don’t have in reality? Is it possible for AI to see what humans can’t understand?” Schmidt said.
The former Google executive is not the only one worried about AI. In recent months, the technology has been increasingly criticized by business leaders, including Elon Musk, Tesla CEO. Musk said he had “low confidence” in the transparency and security of AI in his company At the same time, some analysts say that augmented reality poses a higher risk of abuse than social media.
Prior to Schmidt’s remarks, Facebook announced on Thursday that it would change the company’s name to meta and build the metauniverse into a virtual space where users can use virtual characters for digital interaction. In recent weeks, due to Zuckerberg and Facebook’s handling of false information and hate speech, as well as the potential harm of social media to teenagers and children, regulation has been strengthened The agency is increasingly censoring Facebook. Before that, Frances Haugen, a former Facebook employee who later became a whistleblower, provided internal documents to the media, showing that the company was aware that its products and services could cause harm, but it was difficult to solve these problems. In response, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg It was said to the media that people thought that the leaked documents led Facebook into a vortex of public opinion and forced the company name to be changed to meta, which was very “absurd”.
Zuckerberg said at the connect developer conference held last Thursday, “From now on, we will start with metauniverse, not Facebook. This means that over time, you will no longer need a Facebook account to use our other services. As our new brand begins to appear in our products, I hope people around the world begin to understand the meta brand and the future we represent.”
The use of Facebook and Instagram in young people has been reduced, because the platforms are increasingly being replaced by overseas versions of TikTok and Snapchat. According to a report by Snapchat Piper Sandler, 81% of the respondents said they used Instagram, the highest proportion of all platforms tiktok. 77% said they used Snapchat, 73% said they used it. Tiktok. Only 27% of respondents said they used Facebook, the least of all platforms.
The following is the interview record:
Q: on Tuesday, you published a new book, the age of artificial intelligence, CO authored with Henry Kissinger and Daniel huttenlocher. About artificial intelligence, is it “a friend or an enemy?”
A: artificial intelligence is imprecise, which means that it may not be reliable as a partner. It is dynamic because it is constantly changing. It is sudden and will do things you don’t expect. Most importantly, it can learn. Artificial intelligence will be everywhere. What is the best friend supported by artificial intelligence, especially for a child What is the war supported by AI? Can AI perceive the aspects we don’t have in reality? Is it possible for AI to see things that human beings can’t understand?
Q: I agree with Elon Musk that when we build artificial intelligence without killing switch, we are “summoning demons”. As Steve Wozniak said, humans may eventually become family pets.
A: musk and Stephen Hawking They think that by releasing artificial intelligence, you will eventually get a robot overlord 10, 100 or 1000 times smarter than humans. My answer is different. I think all the evidence shows that these artificial intelligence systems can think, unlike humans, but they will be very smart. We must coexist.
Q: don’t you think voice assistants such as Siri and Alexa will kill us one night?
A: No. but they may become good friends of your children.

Q: we have long known that Silicon Valley is bringing us to a dead end. From democratic paedophilia scandals to rigged elections to vaccine conspiracy theories, absurd claims that once failed to get attention are now spreading at the speed of light. Girls may be pushed into depression by the bright and deceptive world of instagram, which is owned by the controlling and greedy former Facebook.
A: an Oxford student told me about the poison of social media – “the combination of boredom and anonymity is dangerous”, especially at the intersection of addiction and jealousy.
Q: the question of whether we will lose control of artificial intelligence may be over. Technology is already manipulating us.
A: it is foolish for cloud computing service providers to lack foresight on the development direction of technology. I would say that when I worked very hard on these social networks 10 years ago, maybe it was naive, but we never thought that the government would use them to deal with citizens under the intervention of the Russians as in 2016. We didn’t expect it to combine these special interest groups with these strong belief systems. No one discussed it. I don’t want to make the same mistake on the basis of new basic technology.
Q: do you think Facebook can get out of trouble by changing its name to meta?
A: the question is, what do you call faang stock now (i.e. Facebook, apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google parent company alphabet)? Could it be Maang? Google was previously renamed alphabet, but Google is still Google. Google’s abbreviation in faang has not changed.
Q: what does Zuckerberg want us to do?
A: all those who talk about the meta universe are talking about a more satisfactory world than the current world – you are richer, more handsome, more beautiful, stronger and faster. Therefore, in some years, people will choose to wear eye masks and spend more time in the meta universe. Who makes the rules? The world will become more digital, not physical. This is not necessarily a good thing for human society. (compiled by Tencent technology / Wuji)