Elon Musk and Jack Ma speak on stage at the World Conference on Artificial Intelligence in China on August 29, 2019.
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Tesla CEO Elon Musk said Wednesday that computers are becoming smarter than people in more and more areas and that the trend will continue.
"We will be far, far surpassed in every way. I guarantee it," Musk told Jack Ma, chairman of Alibaba, at the World Artificial Intelligence Conference in Shanghai.
The comments highlight the evolving landscape in technology, including in the field of artificial intelligence technology companies are trying to improve their products and sell to businesses.
Musk cited progress in chess and the Chinese board game Go as evidence of advances in AI.
"Your mobile phone can literally crush the world chess champion," Musk tells Ma.
He talks about how in the future technology from Neuralink, which he co-founded, could give people a way to enhance their skills in certain subjects. The company seeks to use AI to enhance the cognitive capabilities of people with a brain-machine interface. The company is not there yet.
"The first thing we have to accept is that we are very dumb," he said. "We can definitely make things smarter than ourselves."
There was a different opinion that suggested that a computer never gave birth to a human or even a mosquito.
"Never in my life, especially [in the] in the last two years, when people talk about AI, human beings will be controlled by machines," he said. "I never think about that. It's impossible."
And Ma said he didn't want to play chess or go against a machine. These games are designed to allow people to play against each other.
"I'll be glad to see two computers fight each other," Ma added.
The Tesla chief previously spoke about AI. In 201
Tesla aims to do more in AI. Musk revealed Tesla was working on a personalized AI chip in 2017, and last month it said the carmaker would "most likely" begin refitting older cars with its chips by the end of 2019.  In 2015, Musk co-founded OpenAI as a research nonprofit with AI. He left the board last year. He tweeted earlier this year that OpenAI and Tesla sometimes try to hire the same people and that he and OpenAI don't always see eye to eye.
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