Elon Musk Says the race to AI could easily lead to WW3

Elon Musk is becoming the gatekeeper of dark AI prophecy, and on labour day had another home-run of a dark premonition. Read on.

After Vladimir Putin suggested in a talk to students that the country with the best AI would be the “ruler of the world”, Elon Musk, the billionaire entrepreneur and pioneer of Tesla, SpaceX, SolarCity, Neuralink and The Boring Company, had this to say:

Countries competing to be the best when it comes to artificial intelligence technology could “likely” be the case of WW3.

Elon Musk is the Champion of Doomsday AI Scenarios

While some consider Musk eccentric, he represents a rising group of academics and AI founders who believe in potential threats to humanity, including the rise of killer robots. Whether publicity stunts or fair warning to the world, China has prioritised AI at scale in a way that the U.S. may be unable to follow.

There’s increasing opinion and evidence that if Artificial Intelligence did make a leap to a more generalised artificial intelligence (AGI), humans would be completely unprepared for it. The lack of agreement on ethics, protocol, and regulation means humanity must prepare for the increasingly possibility of AI making a breakthrough or of simply automating more human tasks.

Artificial Intelligence; Work Savior or Mortal Enemy

Musk’s fear is that all it would take is one rogue AI to turn the entire system (of competing countries armed with Nuclear) to turn on each other and a SkyNet scenario could take place, baring alien intervention. However, most sceptics point out that the AI of today is nothing but code and deep learning systems.

Elon Musk’s peculiar doomsday message still resonates with many of us:

Artificial intelligence could be humanity’s greatest existential threat, this time by starting a third world war.

However like global warming, this creates a dichotomy on the issues that creates a diffusion of responsibility where AI optimists and pessimists sort of cancel each other out without any significant action taken, as nations simply gear up to stockpile AI talent and develop consumer products that leverage the latest iteration of AI.

Elon Musk’s fear of AI warfare has been his signature MO, and he has raised the bar in the intensity and frequency of his message to the human race.

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