Davos: Jack Ma, the high-profile technocrat, and founder of Alibaba, thinks that Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a big threat to human beings. At the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, he visioned that machines would replace humans in several aspects in the near-future.
Alibaba’s Executive Chairman said, “The AI and robots are going to kill a lot of jobs, because in the future, these will be done by machines,” during a panel discussion during the World Economic Forum (WEF) here.
“I think AI should support human beings. Technology should always do something that enables people, not disable people,” he added.
When it comes to the responsibilities of tech giants, Ma said that Google, Facebook, Amazon and Alibaba were luckiest companies of the century.
“But we have the responsibility to have a good heart, and do something good. Make sure that everything you do is for the future,” Ma told the gathering.
Alibaba is the world’s sixth-largest Internet company by revenue.
“People like us have the money and resources and we should spend money on technology that enables people, empowers people and makes life better,” he added.
The new technology will create a lot of successful people, interesting careers but, honestly, every new technology will create social problems.
“The first technology revolution caused the World War I and the second technology revolution caused the World War II and now we have the third revolution. If there is a World War III, I think that should be against disease, pollution and poverty, not against ourselves,” Ma told the audience.
He said that the senior management at Alibaba has 37 per cent women.
“If you want your company to be successful, if you want your company to operate with wisdom and with care, then women are the best at work. Part of the ‘secret sauce’ of our success is because we have so many women colleagues,” Ma said.
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Artificial Intelligence is a big threat to humans, Alibaba founder Jack Ma says