North Korea low on our list of fears says Tesla boss following Vladimir Putins statement that whoever contributes in AI will rule world

Elon Musk has said again that artificial intelligence could be humanity’s greatest existential menace, this time by starting a third world war.

The prospect clearly weighs heavily on Musk’s mind, since the SpaceX, Tesla and Boring Company chief tweeted at 2.33 am Los Angeles hour about how AI could led to the end of the world- without the necessity of achieving the singularity.

Elon Musk (@ elonmusk)

China, Russia, soon all countries w strong computer science. Tournament for AI superiority at national level most likely make of WW3 imo.

September 4, 2017

His fears were prompted by a statement from Vladimir Putin that” 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 area will become the ruler of the world .”

Hashing out his thoughts in public, Musk clarified that he was not just worried about the prospect of a world leader starting the war, but also of an overcautious AI choosing” that a[ pre-emptive] ten-strike is[ the] most probable track to victory “.

He’s less worried about North Korea’s increasingly bold nuclear ambitions, arguing that the result for Pyongyang if they launched a nuclear rocket” “wouldve been” suicide”- and that it doesn’t have any entanglements that would lead to a world war even if it did. His belief is that AI is” vastly more risky “~ ATAGEND than the Kim Jong-un-led country.

Musk’s fear of AI warfare has been a driving force in his public statements for a very long time. Last month, he was one of more than 100 signatories calling for a UN-led banning of lethal autonomous weapons.

” Once developed, lethal autonomous weapons will permit case of an armed conflict to be fought at a scale higher than ever, and at timescales faster than humans can comprehend ,” the letter read.” These can be weapons of fear, weapons that despots and terrorists use against innocent populations, and weapons hacked to behave in undesirable ways.

” We do not have long to act. Once this “Pandoras box” is opened, it will be hard to close .”

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