AI Can Make Scams Harder To Spot, It Can 'Kill You,' And 'We Can't Stop The Technology'

Steve Wozniak
co-founder of Apple Inc.

Thanks to artificial intelligence, computers can be made a lot smarter because they can respond to what's beyond their hard-coded programming.

Apple, the tech giant, is one of the those that rely on the technology to power some of its products.

While it doesn't get itself involved in the hype of generative AI like OpenAI with ChatGPT, Microsoft with its Bing AI chatbot, or Google with its Bard AI, Apple always has its eyes on the competition.

And Steve Wozniak, the man who co-founded Apple with the late Steve Jobs in 1976, is extremely worried.

Wozniak said that he's particularly concerned about how AIs could be made to scam people in ways that are more effective that ever before. He's concerned that with AI, "bad actors" can create and spread misinformation more efficiently.

Speaking to the BBC, he said that:

"AI is so intelligent it's open to the bad players, the ones that want to trick you about who they are."
Steve Wozniak
Steve Wozniak.

AI lacks emotion and therefore, Wozniak believes that the technology can never truly replace humans. However, he's worried about how people who can make, or trick AI, to do bad things.

And in the world where large-language model, generative AI products are heavily under development, the world can expect an increasing number of content that “sounds so intelligent.”

Wozniak further stated that the responsibility for AI-generated programs lies with their publishers, saying that "a human really has to take responsibility for what is generated by AI."

He also suggested that AI content should be clearly labelled, and regulation is clearly needed.

Wozniak also urged regulators to hold big tech firms accountable for their actions.

But he cannot hope much, because just like almost anything out there, the world is literally driven by the economy.

At the end, "the forces that drive for money usually win out, which is sort of sad."

Because of this, as a tech person, Wozniak believes that "we can't stop the technology."

The only way out, and to ensure that humanity is still having an advantage, people should be better educated to spot fraud and malicious attempts to take personal information.

As for Apple, its CEO, Tim Cook, has told investors that it was important to be "deliberate and thoughtful" in how to approach AI.

"We view AI as huge, and we'll continue weaving it in our products on a very thoughtful basis," Cook said.

And speaking of AI, Wozniak is also an owner of a Tesla electric vehicle, a tech on four wheels that has tons of electric features and AI gimmicks. But speaking about it, the man that is also known as "Woz," has lost his faith in it.

"I actually believed [Musk’s claims], and it’s not even close to reality. And boy, if you want a study of AI gone wrong and taking a lot of claims, and trying to kill you every chance it can, get a Tesla."

Speaking to CNN This Morning, he said that he lost faith in Tesla's ability to deliver on some of its bigger claims.

Wozniak once said that he stopped believing what Elon Musk or Tesla promised the public, especially when it comes to its advanced driver assistance systems, which have been tied to numerous fatal crashes.

Whether this is a result of a fundamental flaw in its design, or because of drivers simply overestimated the effectiveness of the systems because of comments made by Musk, what's certain is that, Tesla's Autopilot is still unsafe.

The technology has received huge criticisms from the public, in particular, from those who are against semi-autonomous features. Tesla’s ADAS systems also received investigations from federal regulators due to how unsafe the technology is.

Regardless of his harsh comments, Wozniak still loves his Tesla Model S electric vehicle, and thinks that "it's beautiful."

And despite the fact that he doesn't trust Musk when it comes to Tesla, he praised him, and has been comparing him to his late partner, Steve Jobs.

"I put them in the category of having the ability to communicate, and wanting to be seen as the important person and be like a cult leader," Wozniak once said, referring to both Jobs and Musk. "A lot of people will follow them no matter what they say."

It's worth noting that Wozniak is among those people, alongside Elon Musk, who called for a pause in the development of the most powerful AI models.

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