"This doesn't even 'seem' innocent," Elon Musk tweeted.

Googles newly launched AI-based camera Clips draws criticism from Teslas Elon Musk
Atom Technology Monday, October 09, 2017 - 12:29

Google's artificial intelligence (AI)-based "Clips" camera has not impressed Tesla founder Elon Musk, a famed critic of AI.

"Clips" does image recognition and AI processing on-device, deploying machine learning to automatically click best pictures for you.

Musk, who thinks AI could trigger World War III and poses a far greater threat than North Korea, has now tweeted against "Clips" and its prowess.

Musk took to Twitter with reference to a video of "Clips" posted by The Verge.

"This doesn't even 'seem' innocent," he tweeted.

Google declined to comment specifically on Musk's tweet, CNET reported on Monday.

The $249 "Clips" is a lightweight, hands-free camera that helps people capture spontaneous moments.

"We've put machine learning capabilities directly into 'Clips' so when you turn it on, the camera looks for good moments to capture. Clips looks for stable, clear shots of people you know," Google said.

The camera shoots short-motion photos that last several seconds. The clips sync wirelessly and in seconds from the camera to the Google Clips app for Android or iOS.

"Finally, all the machine learning happens on the device itself. And just like any point-and-shoot, nothing leaves your device until you decide to save it and share it," Google added.

All the AI processing on clips is done on the device rather than relying on a connection to the cloud to scan images for familiar faces. Verge reports that this is good for user privacy as there is no chance of data being snaffled in-transit. It also increases the device’s battery life.

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