Steve Wozniak, Apple's co-founder, did not hold back when he spoke about Elon Musk or the artificial intelligence arms race.
Kaitlan Collins, co-host of CNN This Morning on Tuesday morning, asked the Apple legend during a 10 minute segment about AI and the recent comments by the so called 'godfathers of AI' if he had ever spoken to Tesla and Twitter CEO Elon Musk.
Wozniak stated, "I have never met him or spoken with him." I admire what he has done to change the world by bringing us closer to electric cars. His real motives are often obscured by other factors; he got a large sum of money for a new car from me.
It wouldn't work until I upgraded to the $15,000 model. I knew it would never make it across America, so he told me, 'Here's a new model with eight cameras, that will make it across America by the end 2017'
Woz's time line is close, but not exactly right. Musk announced in an October 2016 demonstration video that the new vehicles had 'the hardware necessary' to be fully self-driving, under any conditions. Musk said that he hoped a car would be able to travel from Los Angeles and New York City "without the need of a single contact, including the charger" during this same unveiling. Tesla's engineering director claimed a few months back that the video that generated such a rabid buzz for the cars was staged.
He said: 'Boy if you're looking for a study on AI gone wrong, and a system that will try to kill you at every opportunity, buy a Tesla'. The CNN studio roared with laughter, and both hosts gave a collective 'wow.'
He has complained about this deception in the past. He said in 2018 that he did not 'believe what Elon Musk and Tesla say', but was still a Tesla fan.
Wozniak has changed his tune since then. He's been publicly angry at Teslas, and Musk, for their lack of full self-driving capabilities in recent months. He said on CNBC in February that Tesla had 'robbed me and my wife of so much money, I could not tell you'.
Poppy Harlow, the co-host, followed up by naturally asking about Musk’s turbulent tenure as Twitter CEO. Wozniak's response was a bit more tactful. He said: 'It's kinda bumbling. I can't really say whether it's good or bad.' He explained that he uses social media rarely. I'm not there.
However, the main topic of this interview was AI anxiety. Wozniak, along with Musk, was a co-signatory to a letter in March that asked AI companies to pause development of their technologies for at least 6 months.
Wozniak was frustrated by the current usage of technology, which he said is aimed at 'people looking to gain fame or money'.
He jokes that those who brought about the digital revolution could be executed or, worse, made to live in it.
Jason Calacanis is a well-known venture capitalist, and a close associate of Musk. He responded to a video of Wozniak on Twitter, not by defending his friend, but rather, with a defence of AI.
Calacanis said on Twitter that AI will bring joy and prosperity to the human race.