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

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.



The Alarmist knukles Sat, 09/23/2017 - 20:47 Permalink

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.

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Mr 9x19 el buitre Sun, 09/24/2017 - 10:07 Permalink

...............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. 

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Reality Creator knukles Sat, 09/23/2017 - 22:15 Permalink

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?

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OverTheHedge Reality Creator Sun, 09/24/2017 - 00:37 Permalink

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. 

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Wilcox1 Sat, 09/23/2017 - 20:32 Permalink

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.

Ms No Sat, 09/23/2017 - 20:34 Permalink

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.