Elon Musk has been in the news for a while now, for cautioning people about AI and how it can be dangerous for the Human race. Starting with the one where he said: “Mark Zuckerberg’s understanding of AI is limited”. After which not soon enough, Facebook shut down it’s AI program.
If you don’t know who is Elon Musk and why are his statements so important, here’s a small briefing. He is a billionaire entrepreneur who co-founded PayPal, Tesla, and SpaceX. And he has 12 million followers on Twitter, that’s a lot of audiences.
This time Elon’s tweet stated that AI will probably the cause for World War III. Here’s the tweet:
China, Russia, soon all countries w strong computer science. Competition for AI superiority at national level most likely cause of WW3 imo.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 4, 2017
This tweet was probably a reaction to what the President of Russia Putin had to say about AI. “Artificial intelligence is the future, not only for Russia but for all humankind. It comes with colossal opportunities, but also threats that are difficult to predict. Whoever becomes the leader in this sphere will become the ruler of the world,” Putin told Russian students via satellite.
Although Putin didn’t end it with some threatening intentions, he added: “If we become leaders in this area, we will share this know-how with the entire world, the same way we share our nuclear technologies today.”
So, Elon’s concern is maybe not with which government possesses the strongest AI, but he is more concerned about the decisions it could take on behalf of the Government or the military, which could cause the World War 3.
Maybe Elon Musk is the new Nastrodamas!?
Here’s a book recommended by Elon Musk related to Artificial Intelligence.
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