Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook, and Elon Musk, the leader of Tesla, have not agreed on everything, but there is one issue Zuckerberg is defending Musk over.
Speaking at the Viva Technology conference in Paris last week, Zuckerberg said, “I actually think that recently, I have heard Elon making a lot of the same points on this that I have been trying to make for a long time.”
“He has had a number of real incidents around car accidents. And he has had to deal with this issue, where you have a lot of AI critics who come out and say, ‘Hey, is this too dangerous?'” said Zuckerberg.
“And I think he is making a point that I really agree with on this, which is that, look, over the long term, if we can get to a state where we have good self-driving cars — you know, one of the leading causes of people dying is car accidents — and if we can get to a state where we have good self-driving cars, then that is going to potentially massively reduce one of the leading causes of death and is a very important humanitarian thing that needs to done,” Zuckerberg added.
Recently a driver was injured in a Tesla Model X and broke her foot. Musk was upset over the media coverage of the incident and tweeted, “It’s super messed up that a Tesla crash resulting in a broken ankle is front page news and the ~40,000 people who died in US auto accidents alone in past year get almost no coverage.”
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