Elon Musk predicts World War III

Elon Musk: We should regulate AI to keep public safe

Elon Musk spent part of his Labor Day weekend tweeting about World War III.

Tesla (TSLA) along with SpaceX’s CEO wasn’t doing doomsday predictions because North Korea will be testing nuclear weapons. What’s got Musk much more worried about world war will be artificial intelligence.

North Korea “should be low on our list of concerns for civilizational existential risk,” Musk said in one of a series of posts on Twitter (TWTR, Tech30) early Monday.

“Competition for AI superiority at national level most likely cause of WW3 imo,” Musk said in another tweet, using the Internet short-hand for “in my opinion.”

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The dire prediction was in response to a recent comment coming from Russian President Vladimir Putin. “Artificial intelligence will be the future not only of Russia nevertheless of all of mankind,” Putin said. “Whoever becomes the leader in in which sphere will become the ruler of the planet.”

At the moment, the United States, China along with India are the three countries leading the AI race, according to one top tech industry executive.

nevertheless Musk believes others will try to catch up by any means possible. “Govts don’t need to follow normal laws,” he said in one tweet. “They will obtain AI developed by companies at gunpoint, if necessary.”

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In another reply on Twitter, Musk speculated in which an AI system could choose to start a war “if the idea decides in which a prepemptive [sic] strike will be most probable path to victory.”

Musk has repeatedly issued warnings about the perils of AI, calling for fresh regulation to keep the public safe.

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inside the process, Musk has clashed with at least one fellow tech billionaire: Facebook (FB, Tech30) CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

Zuckerberg called Musk’s AI doomsday rhetoric “pretty irresponsible.” Musk responded by calling Zuckerberg’s understanding of the issue “limited.”

Musk has tried to address his AI anxieties through two fresh ventures: OpenAI, a non-profit AI research company, along with Neuralink, a startup building devices to connect the human brain with computers.

“I was trying to truly sound the alarm on the AI front for quite a while, nevertheless the idea was clearly having no impact,” he said in one interview around the launch of Neuralink. “So I was like, ‘Oh fine, okay, then we’ll have to try to help develop the idea in a way in which’s not bad.’ ”

sy88pgw (fresh York) First published September 4, 2017: 11:36 AM ET

Elon Musk predicts World War III

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