Steve Wozniak Talks Cars, Watches, and Artificial Intelligence

Steve Wozniak

Steve Wozniak has a trusted voice in the tech world. While his opinions, as are everyone’s, are obviously biased, he does not shy away from honesty, talking tech bluntly and candidly, rather than beating around the bush. He did just that, and talked about cars, watches, and artificial intelligence in a recent interview with the Australian Financial Times. Firstly he touched on electric cars, praising the Tesla Model S, and offering insight into whether Apple will enter the automotive industry.

I don’t know if Apple’s doing that, or if they’re just working on their CarPlay apps for the dashboard of your car, but it seems like they might be hiring a lot of people who could really build a vehicle

He added that he was hopeful Apple would enter the auto industry, seeing it as a market where Apple might experience substantial growth.

Wozniak then commented on the Apple watch, saying that while he would be buying the lowest end model, the Apple Watch Sport, we wanted to see if the Apple watch was something that would truly become an integral device in his daily life before he invested in an higher end Apple Watch. Steve remarked that during in his time with wearing other smart watches like the Samsung Gear, he found them gimmicky, so he stopped.

The meat and potatoes of the interview was when Wozniak talked about the future and his concerns about artificial intelligence.

Will we be the gods? Will we be the family pets? Or will we be ants that get stepped on? I don’t know about that … But when I got that thinking in my head about if I’m going to be treated in the future as a pet to these smart machines … well I’m going to treat my own pet dog really nice.

While his visions of the future should be taken with a pinch of salt, Wozniak did offer a glimpse into a true reality that the acceleration of technology is leading to a point where artificial intelligence and capability surpasses that of human’s.

Computers are going to take over from humans, no question

Wozniak’s sincere comments were not of fear though, in fact he welcomed the age of hyper intelligent machines. His remarks aired on the side of warning; to be aware of the direction we are heading and to prepare for it. He does not deny that the future which he foresees would not be optimal for humans, though.

I agree that the future is scary and very bad for people. If we build these devices to take care of everything for us, eventually they’ll think faster than us and they’ll get rid of the slow humans to run companies more efficiently

Steve Wozniak also referenced Elon Musk, who has similar sentiments. What do you think of Wozniak’s musings? Do you agree that the age of computers may be coming sooner rather than later? Let us know in the comments or on social media.

  Source: Australian Financial Times

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