"We won't get computers to be smarter than people," he told Recode senior editor Ina Fried on stage at Salesforce's TrailheaDX conference Wednesday. "Because we're at the end of Moore's law," the idea that the number of components in integrated circuits doubles every year. The concept is also described in terms of computer processing power multiplying exponentially over time.
Wozniak said, however, that he imagines a time when more and more artificially intelligent products like robots pass the Turing test, in which a human is unable to tell whether a fellow human or a computer is on the other end of a conversation.
As for when AI becomes dangerous or capable of taking over for humans in the world, Wozniak said a lot of the world's infrastructure would have to shift around before we see the type of scenario that frightens Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk -- something along the lines of us being kept by AIs as house pets.
"I believe that that's hundreds of years off," he said. He joked that just to be safe, he has started feeding his dog fillet of steak. "Do unto others," he said.
Then again, one could accuse Wozniak of being something of a techno-realist, if not quite a techno-optimist. When Fried asked Wozniak his feelings on technology fracturing human relationships, Wozniak framed the image of members of a family sitting down to dinner and staring at their phones as just a feature of a changing world.
"I think it's a natural outgrowth and not something that needs addressing," he said. "It's not that it's bad and we've lost something good. It's that it's a whole new world."