Meta scientist Yann LeCun says AI can’t destroy jobs forever
Yann LeCun, a Turing Award winning French computer scientist, has said that Artificial Intelligence (AI) won’t take over the world or destroy jobs forever.
Prof. Yann LeCun, one of the three “godfathers of AI”, revealed that some experts’ fears of AI taking over the world and posing a threat to humanity were “ridiculous.” Prof. Yann LeCun, who works as the chief AI scientist at Meta, which owns Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp, said, “Will AI take over the world? No, this is a projection of human nature onto machines.”
He ridiculed the claim that AI is a risk to the human race. He further said, “It’s as if you asked in 1930 to someone how are you going to make a turbo-jet safe? Turbo-jets were not invented yet in 1930, just as human level AI has not been invented yet.” He argued that Turbo jets were made safe with time, and the same would happen with AI.
The Meta scientist also claimed that AI would not put a lot of people out of work permanently. He told the BBC that there could be a change in the most prominent jobs 20 years from now.
In 2018, Prof. Yann LeCun, Geoffrey Hinton, and Yoshua Bengio won the Turing Award for their breakthroughs in AI. Subsequently, they became “the godfathers of AI.”
The Meta scientist has experience working in the fields of machine learning, computer vision, mobile robotics, and computational neuroscience. Meta has a large AI research programme to study the impact of AI. Meta also uses AI to identify harmful social media posts on the platform.
Yann LeCun is also the Silver Professor of the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University. He is famous for his work on computer vision using convolutional neural networks (CNN). He also helped develop the Lush programming language.