Elon Musk says competing for AI superiority will lead to World War 3
Tesla founder Elon Musk has warned that competition for superiority in the artificial intelligence industry at national level is the "most likely cause" of World War 3.
Responding to a story about Vladimir Putin talking about AI research, Musk tweeted: "It begins... China, Russia, soon all countries with strong computer science [will target AI]."
Russian President Putin spoke to students about the potential for AI, with an emphasis on how it will be used to wield power by countries.
"Artificial intelligence is the future, not just for Russia, but for all humankind," said Putin, in a report by RT.
"There are colossal opportunities but also threats that are difficult to predict. Whoever becomes the leader in this sphere will become the ruler of the world."
Putin also added that he would not want monopolisation of the field, instead insisting that if Russia was to become industry leaders, they would "share this information with the entire world."
Lacking regulation, governments would "obtain AI developed by companies at gunpoint" according to Musk, who has repeatedly warned of the dangers of AI in the past.
His opinions on artificial intelligence have sparked verbal spats with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, with Musk calling the social media guru's understanding of the subject "limited."
Zuckerberg said that Musk was being "irresponsible" in his warnings over a robotic future, in a rivalry that began when a Facebook satellite was destroyed after its SpaceX shuttle exploded on launch.
Searching for the Top 100 Leaders in Technology
The search is on for the Top 100 Leaders in Technology 2021 – nominated by readers of Technology magazine and open to all.
The initiative has been launched and nominations are now open, with the final, prestigious Top 100 due to be announced during Technology and AI LIVE running 14-16 September, beamed from London to the world.
This latest, definitive list of the leading executives and influencers in the industry will be announced at the event and shared across social media channels, this website, and presented in a special supplement that honours all of those named in our annual list.
The Top 100 Leaders follows on from the well-received Top 100 Women in Technology that BizClik Media Group (BMG) – publishers of Technology magazine, AI magazine and a growing portfolio of industry-leading titles – produced in March this year to coincide with International Women’s Day.
“The Top 100 Women recognised the incredible and influential women driving our industry,” says Scott Birch, editorial director, BMG. “The success of that initiative encouraged us to recognise the Top 100 Leaders – individuals championing everything that we love about technology and embracing best practice that’s good for business.”
Nominations are already coming in, with some notable highlights including:
Rhonda Vetere - Herbalife
Bryan Smith - Expedient
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The deadline for nominations closes on Sunday 1 August 2021, and it is free to nominate. The Top 100 Leaders will be announced across our platforms and at the LIVE event.