Russian president Vladimir Putin has predicted that the country which leads AI research “will be the ruler of the world”.
Putin told students on Friday that the field presents “colossal opportunities and threats that are difficult to predict now”.
According to RT, he said: “The one [country] who becomes the leader in this sphere will be the ruler of the world.”
He added that he would not one want to see one country monopolise the burgeoning technology.
“If we become leaders in this area, we will share this know-how with entire world, the same way we share our nuclear technologies today,” he told students via satellite link-up.
The president’s comments prompted characteristically pessimistic predictions from Tesla founder Elon Musk.
“China, Russia, soon all countries w strong computer science,” he tweeted. “Competition for AI superiority at national level most likely cause of WW3 imo.”
Musk has recently cautioned that artificial intelligence poses “vastly more risk” than North Korea.
He is one of the most prominent advocates of AI regulation, founding OpenAI as a nonprofit to stop AI from destroying humanity. A year before, he had declared the technology humans’ greatest existential threat.