Is AI the new Space Race?

On September 1, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin addressed national competition in artificial intelligence and described “colossal opportunities” and “monopolist positions”.

Putin ultimately predicted that AI will be vital to the future of Russia and that “the one who becomes the leader in this sphere will be the ruler of the world.” The militarisation of artificial intelligence, robotics, cryptography, cyber tools and quantum computing has been the subject of numerous warnings from science communicators, pop-science media commentators, and entrepreneur-technologists.

An editorial by CNN opens with a tweet by Tesla’s Elon Musk predicting World War III will start from AI and closes with a fairly complete overview of the issues ranging from killer robots to what role China will play in a multi-party post-Cold War digital tech race.

Read more: CNN / The Guardian / CNBC / VOA

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This story is taken from the 8 September 2017 edition of The Warren Centre’s Prototype newsletter. Sign up for the Prototype here.