published : 2023-11-09
Top CEO Cautions Against Investing in AI Hype
Renowned business leader Gary Vaynerchuk shares his perspective on the state of the AI market
In an exclusive interview with FOX Business on "The Claman Countdown," VaynerMedia CEO and VaynerX Chairman Gary Vaynerchuk shed light on his cautious approach towards investing in the artificial intelligence (AI) sector.
"I've seen Web1, I've seen Web2, I've seen Web3. I'm looking at AI startups every day as an investor. I just think there's a million of them right now, and they're all valued very expensive because we're in AI hype," Vaynerchuk revealed.
Despite acknowledging AI as one of the greatest technologies in history, Vaynerchuk emphasized the need for careful consideration when it comes to investing.
He stated, "So I'm just trying to be a little bit thoughtful because I tend not to like to lose money when I invest, and so I'm letting it settle a little bit, see who are the good operators. I'd rather pay a little higher valuation and see traction."
Vaynerchuk elaborated on his personal experience, discussing how he uses AI more than investing in it due to the current learning curve and fluid regulations surrounding the technology.
The CEO, known for his early investments in major companies like Facebook, Twitter, Snap, and Tumblr, stressed the importance of observing the AI sector before diving into investments.
Meanwhile, Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, recently announced new rules requiring advertisers to disclose the use of AI in altering or creating political ads. Vaynerchuk expressed his views on this disclosure policy, stating that humans are passionate about avoiding accountability.
"If you want to talk about fake, 99% of politicians that go on any platform are talking about things they don't actually execute on anyway, and business owners and parents and humans," he remarked.
Vaynerchuk commended Meta's strategic move, considering AI to be a powerful technology that is gradually becoming an inevitable part of our lives.
When it comes to the advancements in generative AI, Vaynerchuk cautioned that the technology is not yet trustworthy and still in its early stages. He praised Meta's approach in slowly rolling out its product to different users before targeting politics, highlighting their wise communication strategy.
Vaynerchuk believes that social and traditional media platforms are not primarily concerned about potential government regulations surrounding AI but are more focused on the impact on their valuation.
He emphasized, "The Googles and the Metas of the world are not as scared of regulation as people make it out to. They're scared about their profit and loss, and they welcome clear regulation from the government."
The business leader asserted that decisions made by these platforms are driven by their business interests, particularly the fear of losing advertisers' support.
In this rapidly evolving landscape, Vaynerchuk urged individuals to stay informed about the world-changing potential of AI while exercising caution and patience in making investment decisions.
As the AI sector continues to develop, it remains crucial to distinguish between hype and genuine opportunities, ensuring investments are made in companies demonstrating real traction and value.
With AI poised to shape the future of technology, this cautionary perspective from a seasoned investor like Gary Vaynerchuk serves as a reminder to approach the AI hype with a critical eye and measured judgment.