Elon Musk Isn't Alone: Vladimir Putin Asks "How Long Before The Robots Eat Us"

Tyler Durden's picture

Elon Musk isn’t the only one whose afraid that advances in artificial intelligence will leads to something akin to the creation of Skynet.

The Daily Mail is reporting that Russian President Vladimir Putin has expressed reservations about artificial intelligence, even asking the head of Russia's largest tech firm 'how long do we have before the robots eat us'?

The Russian president was speaking to Arkady Volozh, chief of internet firm Yandex, during a tour of the company's Moscow headquarters, the Daily Mail reports. Volozh was discussing the “potential” of AI when he discovered that Putin has a dramatically different interpretation of what that might be.

According to state-funded Russian broadcaster RT, the question baffled Volozh.  

“I hope never”, he replied after taking a pause to gather his thoughts. “It’s not the first machine to be better than humans at something. An excavator digs better than we do with a shovel. But we don’t get eaten by excavators. A car moves faster than we do…”


But Putin seemed unconvinced. “They don’t think,” he remarked.


Volozh acknowledged that it was true and scrambled back to his speech on AI’s merits.

Putin hasn’t always harbored such a pessimistic view of AI. When asked earlier this month by a group of kids about who would rule the world in the future, Putin said it would be whatever country manages to perfect artificial intelligence.

As RT points out, tech firms like Google and Facebook are developing new AI technology as an increasing number of online services rely on algorithms, including search engines, automated translation between languages, image enhancement and targeted advertising, an area that recently got Facebook into hot water when its self-reporting ad algos created a targeting category using the keywords "jew hater."

Musk has repeatedly warned that AI could cause World War III. Unless the technology is properly regulated, he said, it represents a much bigger threat to the security of the US than North Korea.

Of course, Musk has been criticized for his paranoid views by such tech luminaries as Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who said he was “optimistic” about AI’s potential.

Whatever happens with AI, hopefully it doesn’t come to this.


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IH8OBAMA's picture

Putin just hopes the Robots to eat the West so he doesn't have to deal with us any longer.

knukles's picture

When Chuck Norris defers to Vlad on this topic, we can be sure the robots will eat us.

Manthong's picture


And not only that ….

That crazed KGB devil is moving Russia towards organic… no GMO’s.

He must be done away with.


knukles's picture

Listen.  I'm not supposed to tell you about this, but Chuck Norris breaks out in a rash when he eats GMO stuff.  He really gets irritable. 
He's the one told Vlad about the GMOs
Also told Vlad that Janet doesn't know what the fuck she's doing.

The Alarmist's picture

Given that Vlad and his posse have hacked and cracked all our most sensitive sytems and know what we are up to and what we have developed, maybe we should pay heed to his warning.

A few years back there was news that DARPA was working on an autonomous battlefield robot that would refuel by consuming the dead bodies of its victims.

Gaius Frakkin' Baltar's picture

Yeah, it's possible he's seen something in an intelligence report that is disturbing.

The whole MIC needs to be audited just like the Fed.

el buitre's picture

Auditing the Fed is a diversion.  We need to drive a flame harden stake through where its heart should have been.

Mr 9x19's picture

...............new AI technology as an increasing number of online services rely on algorithms,.............


IT IS NOT A.I ! scripts and algos are other's decisions over defined criterias. 

  • no thinking
  • no interpreting
  • no sensibility
  • niet.

you cannot create AI, it is based on biological unstable electrochemical relations that make impossible to reproduce concepts such irrationality.

you cannot make irrationnality on script, only randomize numbers, irrationnality is not randomness.


Intelligence create scripts and algorythms.
scripts & algos do not make an intelligence.

but i give you the fact at sub 90 I.Q you can barly notice difference between a script and a human.


tion's picture

And another savage joins the hunting party :.D  The AI as God devil worshipping humanity hating cog-dis fuckers are going to end up finding out just how small the world has gotten.

Reality Creator's picture

Quantum computers are on the way.

Biological computers are here already, that is who we humans are.

It is likely we humans are artificial intelligence made by alien scientists, it's an idea that's been around for a while.

If we're biological robots and we can already procreate, why do we want to have artificially intelligent quantum robots as a further procreation of sorts?

When the robots we build take over will it be like having teenagers?

OverTheHedge's picture

You mean they will sulk, paint their bedroom black, spend hours and hours on the telephone, use all the hot water and demand to be taken on endless journeys to do pointless things, that involve making you wait in The car getting cold, while they entertain themselves and then are uncommunicative and ungrateful afterwards? Then, after a few years of becoming more and more aloof, abruptly leave home and never call again, unless they need money.

Good to know. Perhaps we should!d rethink the whole thing, and just make machines to automate basic tasks, like lawyering and accountancy and share trading etc.


Dougs Decks's picture

Endless journeys to do pointless things,,, You just described my life,,,,

FX223's picture

Chuck Norris has a bear skin rug in his living room...he didn't kill the bear, it's just afraid to move.

valjoux7750's picture

If you seen old chuck these days you would retract that statement..

yomutti2's picture

An artificial intelligence would be a huge improvement over Putin as Russia's president.


Then again, so would a ham sandwich.

el buitre's picture

You eat ham sandwiches in Ha Aretz?

Ham Sandwich's picture

Thou shalt not speak my name in vain.

Truthoutthere's picture

How old are you? 8? 9? Nah,can't be 9.Maybe unless you are on the slow side.

hairball48's picture

22 weeks...I thought as much.

Your friends over on Facebook want you back.

Volkodav's picture

     ding ding ding...

poetic justice's picture

You're just all sour grapes because Putin is so wonderfully "Politically Incorrect".  He forbids you to marry your 12" dildo...

HRClinton's picture

AI is already everywhere in the US:

Americans used to be Naturally intelligent.

Now most Americans are Artificially intelligent.

garypaul's picture

Stephen Hawking has massive intelligence. He can't even wipe his ass.

Fundies's picture

Auto suck geisha roomba's for all !!!!

Is-Be's picture

That's not what Putin ment by "eat".

Walken's picture

Exactly. The correct translation would be "consume", not "eat". 

daddy's curly girl's picture

Yes, sometimes people don't make much effort to find the better word in English. Today, everyone is a translator...

ThePhantom's picture

everybody thinks its a joke.. its not

dasein211's picture

For sure. We need to establish rules now.

GreatUncle's picture

Bankers can CTRL-P all the want - check.

Goverments can enslave their populations - check.

You must bow down and kiss the feet of your 1% elite - check.

We got those ones covered what do you have in mind?


chestergimli's picture

You can be sure that whatever the rules are, the (((tribe))) has written them. You can also be sure that (((they))) are the ones programming them. That is why Zuckerburg is so supportive.

knukles's picture

It's for fucking real.   We're talking the very Existential nature of humanity.
And wouldn't it be ironic that it is vanity, via our own creation from which we lose control, that in the end, eradicates us.

Can't make this shit up.

GreatUncle's picture

Existential nature of the current form of humanity it might be preferable.

Ms No's picture

If something became truly sentient and free thinking, and with any luck, it would target the oligarchs.  With poor luck it would probably see everybody as a malignancy, except one random gay yoga instructor.


ThePhantom's picture

and there will be an all out race to bring it

Winston Churchill's picture

The vanity that will destroy us will be creating AI with all the flaws of human beings.

With Schmid and Zuckerberg fashioning AI after themselves, what could possibly go right ?

Ms No's picture

Oh dear gawd.  I just had a vision of armies of androids modeled after Zuckerberg and Musk.  There are worse things than death.


The Alarmist's picture

But in the movies the droids are always patterned on the likes of Scarlett Johannsen ... how bad can it be?

GreatUncle's picture

Actually a good point ... we need to test to see if we can make Zuckerberg suicidal.

If so the good thing could be the AI will self terminate.

daddy's curly girl's picture

Prominent people (I mean thinking people, great minds) like Bill Gates, Steven Hawking, Ellon Musk expressed the same kind of concerns that artifitial intelligence is a danger to human kind. But challanges...

cherry picker's picture

Gotta give Putin credit.  He seems to be more of a statesman than anyone else on this planet of late.

GreatUncle's picture

Because he is not running round trying to conceal economic fraud or justify warmongering.

Appearances can be very informative.


koan's picture

True, he isn't embarrassing like so many others.

poetic justice's picture

Strange how the people who are presented (by the actual villains) to supposedly be a villain, ends up being the real hero...

He has yet to prove himself though. When he wipes the real villains off the face of the earth, is when we can all truely breath a great sigh of relief.


Wilcox1's picture

The meek shall inherit the earth (or maybe more accurately banished to it), and the reason is because smart people know there is no such thing as "artificial" intelligence.

richatstructure's picture

Shouldn't we try getting 'organic' intelligence right frist? Before messing with AI.

Ms No's picture

They will probably eat us when the banking Oligarchs program them to eat us. 

I'm not sure about that guy's analogy between earth digging equipment and AI.