Yann LeCun, chief AI scientist at Meta: ‘Human-level artificial intelligence is going to take a long time’

Key Points:

  • Meta, at the forefront of the AI revolution, is drawing attention due to its dominance in the sector and control of social media platforms, despite facing criticism.
  • Experts emphasize that human-level AI is not imminent and will require substantial scientific advancements, as evidenced by the EU’s pioneering AI legislation and ongoing debate.
  • The debate around regulating AI technology remains a work in progress, with concerns raised about the potential impact on European competitiveness and the necessity of pragmatic legislation.


The generative artificial intelligence (AI) revolution took center stage at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, with discussions focusing on the potential and risks associated with this technological advancement. Meta, Facebook’s parent company, is at the forefront of this revolution, drawing attention due to its notable capacity in the AI sector and its control of massive social media platforms, despite facing criticism over its network management.

  • Despite fears of superhuman intelligence, experts like Yann LeCun emphasize that human-level AI is not imminent and will require significant scientific breakthroughs. The European Union has passed pioneering AI legislation, with the United States and the United Kingdom also working on regulations.
  • Nick Clegg, along with LeCun, advocates for regulating products but not research and development, arguing against the fantasy of AI systems taking over the world. The public debate has shifted towards concrete issues such as disinformation, copyright, and access to AI technology.
  • LeCun stresses that AI systems are currently intelligent within narrow domains where they are trained but lack understanding of the physical world, reasoning, and planning. The debate on regulating AI technology, as demonstrated by EU legislation, remains a work in progress, raising concerns about the details and potential impact on European competitiveness.




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