"Elon has made some interesting statements of late, so I would take his pronouncements with a grain of salt," Chishti, who is chairman and CEO of surging AI firm Afiniti, tells TheStreet. "AI is just a way to identify patterns in complex fields, it's not going to nuke the world -- there is no chance of that. I think the visions of the impending apocalypse as a result of robot intelligence is fanciful -- so I wouldn't be overly concerned about Elon Musk's perspective on it."
Musk has notoriously said the rise of artificial intelligence is more dangerous than nuclear weapons.
As for Chishti, who also founded Invisalign, he is focused on getting Afiniti to public markets.
"We are contemplating listing on the public markets in fairly short order, the company has reached that scale and profitability." Chishti says the business has "nine digit" revenue and is EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes depreciation and amortization) profitable.
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