Mark Zuckerberg Attacks Elon Musk For Cooking Up ‘Doomsday Scenarios’ About Artificial Intelligence

While casually smoking some meat in his backyard Sunday afternoon, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg hosted a live broadcast, taking questions from viewers while waiting for his dinner to reach the perfect temperature. During the hour-plus-long stream, Zuckerberg offered up a scorching criticism of another tech magnate, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, over his views on the potential pitfalls of artificial intelligence.

Musk, the Silicon Valley billionaire who is also the co-founder and CEO of SpaceX, has been one of tech's most vocal AI sceptics. Just this month, he called AI "the greatest risk we face as a civilization," and called for swift government regulation. When a viewer asked Zuckerberg to respond to the remarks, he took a starkly contrarian position.

"I have pretty strong opinions on this. I am optimistic," Zuckerberg said, as reported by CNBC. "I think you can build things and the world gets better. But with AI especially, I am really optimistic."

He continued: "I think people who are naysayers and try to drum up these doomsday scenarios — I just, I don't understand it. It's really negative and in some ways I actually think it is pretty irresponsible."