Netanyahu’s high-profile go to comes at a time when Musk is going through accusations of tolerating anti-Semitism on X.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is beginning a US journey in California to speak about know-how and synthetic intelligence with billionaire businessman Elon Musk.
The Israeli chief posted Monday on Musk’s social media platform X, previously referred to as Twitter, that he plans to speak with the Tesla CEO “about how we will harness the alternatives and mitigate the dangers of AI for the nice of civilization.”
Netanyahu’s high-profile go to to the San Francisco Bay Space comes at a time when Musk is going through accusations of tolerating anti-Semitic messages on his social media platform, whereas Netanyahu is confronting political opposition at residence and overseas. Protesters gathered early Monday outdoors the Fremont, California manufacturing facility the place Tesla makes its automobiles.
The video livestream kicked off shortly earlier than 9:30am with Netanyahu and the Tesla CEO. Netanyahu’s official X account posted that he’s holding a “one-on-one dialog” with Musk. The variety of viewers hovered round 700-800 folks.
The 2 kicked off with a joke about deepfakes and shortly launched right into a dialogue of synthetic intelligence as each a blessing and a curse for humanity.
Netanyahu mentioned an vital query about extra superior AI is: “How do you get the worldwide regime to regulate this factor?”
He mentioned it begins by getting like-minded states to conform to a code of ethics and code of conduct to foster the advantages and “curb the curses” however mentioned there’ll nonetheless be a must “police the planet” in opposition to rogue actors.
The freestyle dialog, which included jokes from each males, quickly turned to free speech and anti-Semitism, with Netanyahu telling Musk he hopes that inside the confines of the First Modification, he can discover a approach to clamp down on anti-Semitism and different types of hatred on his social media platform.
“I encourage you and urge you to search out the stability. It’s a troublesome one,” Netanyahu mentioned.
Musk responded that he was “kind of in opposition to something that promotes hate and battle,” The Washington Put up reported. He added that he was “in favour of that which furthers civilization and which in the end leads us to grow to be a space-faring civilization”, and that “we will’t try this if there’s quite a lot of infighting and hatred and negativity. So clearly I’m in opposition to antisemitism.”
Musk mentioned that with 100 million to 200 million posts on X in a day, “a few of these are gonna be dangerous.” He then reiterated the platform’s coverage to not promote or amplify hate speech.
Below Musk, the previous Twitter modified its guidelines in order that objectionable posts usually are not normally eliminated, however as a substitute their visibility is proscribed so folks have to hunt it out in the event that they wish to see it. Musk calls this “freedom of speech, not freedom of attain”.
‘Amplified’ hate speech
Musk is going through accusations of tolerating anti-Semitic messages on his social media platform. The Anti-Defamation League, a outstanding Jewish civil rights group, has accused Musk of permitting anti-Semitism and hate speech to unfold on X. Its director, Jonathan Greenblatt, mentioned Musk had “amplified” the messages of neo-Nazis and white supremacists who wish to ban the league by partaking with them just lately on X.
In a September 4 publish, Musk claimed that the league was “making an attempt to kill this platform by falsely accusing it and me of being anti-Semitic.” In different posts, he mentioned the league was responsible for a 60 percent drop in revenue at X.
The group met this month with X’s chief govt, Linda Yaccarino. Each Musk and Yaccarino have just lately posted messages saying they oppose antisemitism.
Netanyahu’s assembly with Musk comes on the heels of 9 months of demonstrations by Israelis in opposition to their prime minister’s plan to overtake the nation’s judicial system. These protests have unfold abroad, with teams of Israeli expats staging demonstrations throughout visits by Netanyahu and different members of his Cupboard.
Netanyahu says the judicial overhaul plan is required to curb the powers of unelected judges, whom he and his allies say are liberal and overly interventionist. Critics say his plan is an influence seize that may destroy the nation’s system of checks and balances and push it towards autocratic rule.
Main figures in Israel’s influential hi-tech neighborhood have performed a outstanding function within the protests. They are saying weakening the judiciary will harm the nation’s enterprise local weather and drive away international funding. Israel’s forex, the shekel, has plunged in worth this yr in an indication of weakening international funding.