Steve Wozniak: Machines Are Starting to Act More Like People

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A violin-playing robot from Toyota Partner Robot is displayed in Tokyo August 9. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak said interacting with computers is now similar to interacting with humans. KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has suggested developments in understanding human communication means artificial intelligence now holds the potential to eliminate the need for private car ownership.

Speaking at the Future Transport Summit in Sydney on Monday, Wozniak said interacting with computers has become very similar to interacting with humans.

"Our machines are starting to act more like people. They kind of understand handwritten human dialogue," Wozniak said. "I can have a thought in my head and speak it—just say, 'What's the fastest route from here to there,' or 'Navigate to there,' or 'Wow many mountains are there in Australia'—I can ask questions and it speaks back like it's a person, not a computer.

"And that's why we start to think, well, it's doing things that people with brains used to do."

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Wozniak described the term 'artificial intelligence' as "horrible," as it misrepresented computers and did not accurately convey how similar to humans they were becoming. In 2015, Wozniak joined other tech leaders in signing an open letter warning of the dangers of artificial intelligence.

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During the Q&A session in Sydney, Wozniak also criticized the taxi app Uber for creating a monopoly within the ridesharing industry, suggesting a lack of competitors could be damaging for both customers and drivers.

Wozniak said that without any serious competitors, Uber had the power to "push their workforce down to the absolute lowest minimum wage that they can get away with."

He added: "It is a danger when any group becomes a very powerful monopoly because they can take advantage and use it in bad ways."

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