Supporting Russian President’s recent statement, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that competition for superiority in artificial intelligence at the national level would most likely be the cause of World War III. Elon Musk has always shared his concerns regarding AI becoming a threat to humankind.
SpaceX CEO said that China, Russia, and all other countries will soon be strong in the field of Computer Science. He further added, maybe country leaders won’t initiate the war but the country’s AI system would after it decides that a preemptive strike is the most probable path to victory. He also stated a possibility where governments obtaining AI systems developed by private companies even at gunpoint, if necessary, saying that they don’t need to follow normal laws.
Govts don't need to follow normal laws. They will obtain AI developed by companies at gunpoint, if necessary.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 4, 2017
Here’s what Vladimir Putin, President of Russia, said addressing the students, “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.”
More popular tech personalities have expressed their concerns regarding AI bringing unpredictable threats to mankind. Elon Musk also expressed his worries in the past about AI running amok, however, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (not pointing out directly) rejected what Musk said.
Elon Musk, in reply to Mark Zuckerberg, said that he had spoken to Zuckerberg about AI and came to know that his understanding of the subject is limited. Well, there are experiments based on artificial intelligence showing AI system developing itself more strongly, intelligently, and even aggressively (in some situations). For example, a fruit-picking game based on Google’s AI turned violent where the AI got highly aggressive when the competition got stressful.
In a recent event, Elon Musk and other leaders in the field of AI and robotics around the world filed a petition asking United Nations to ban lethal autonomous weapons also known as “killer robots.” “Once developed, will permit armed conflict to be fought on a scale greater than ever, and at timescales faster than humans can comprehend,” reads the petition.