September 22, 2017
Vladimir Putin has expressed his fears over artificial intelligence by asking Russia’s largest technology firm how long it will be until smart 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.
Volozh was discussing the potential of AI when Putin caused surprise by asking when the technology will ‘eat us’.
According to state-funded Russian broadcaster RT, the question baffled Volozh.
He replied: ‘I hope never.’
After a pause, he then explained that other machines are ‘better than humans’ in certain areas, giving the example of an excavator being better at digging than a person with a shovel.
He added: ‘But we don’t get eaten by excavators.’
This article was posted: Friday, September 22, 2017 at 6:42 am