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AI could spark WWIII – but the machines will never win, says Alibaba exec

Posted: 23 June 2017 | By Darcie Thompson-Fields

The founder and executive chairman of eCommerce giant Alibaba believes the rise of intelligent machines, could lead to a third World War.

Jack Ma, who founded the firm 18 years ago in China, made the incredible claims during an interview with US business news broadcaster CNBC, which aired on Tuesday (June 21).

Ma, who has an estimated net worth of $42 billion, backed up his claims by citing historic changes with technology, which have ultimately led to the outbreak of the first (1914) and second World War(1939). The rise of AI has often been described as the fourth industrial revolution.

“The first technology revolution caused World War I,” Ma told CNBC.  “The second technology revolution caused World War II. This is the third technology revolution.”

However, Ma doesn’t believe, the machines will ever claim victory over their creators and humanity, adding  that in 30 years time, humans will still exist. Very reassuring.

He also echoed comments from many in the tech industry, stating that he believes AI should be built only to carry out tasks that humans do, rather than make them to be like humans.

“In 30 years, we’ll see us surviving,” said Ma. “Wisdom is from the heart. The machine intelligence is by the brain. You can always make a machine to learn the knowledge. But it is difficult for machines to have a human heart.”

Main picture courtesy of World Economic Forum at en.wikipedia. 

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