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    Putin believes that whatever country has the best AI will be 'the ruler of the world'

    Just a little bit frightening:

    Putin believes that whatever country has the best AI will be 'the ruler of the world'-vlad-putin.jpgRussian president Vladimir Putin believes that in the future, the country that leads in artificial intelligence (AI) could dominate the world.

    According to a report by Russian state-funded organisation RT(which we first saw via The Verge), Putin told students that "artificial intelligence is the future, not only for Russia, but for all of humankind."

    "It comes with colossal opportunities, but also threats that are difficult to predict," he said.
    "Whoever becomes the leader in this sphere will become the ruler of the world."

    That's why Russia will share its know-how in artificial intelligence with other nations. "It would be strongly undesirable if someone wins a monopolist position," Putin said.

    Putin: Whatever country has best AI will be 'ruler of the world' - Business Insider

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    And of course Elon Musk:

    Putin believes that whatever country has the best AI will be 'the ruler of the world'-elon-musk-ai-wwiii.jpgElon Musk said national competition for AI could lead to World War III

    Elon Musk, the billionaire entrepreneur who cofounded companies like PayPal, Tesla, and SpaceX, has once again warned that artificial intelligence (AI) poses a threat to humanity's existence. This time he tweeted that competition for AI could lead to the third world war after Russian president Vladimir Putin told a group of students last week that the country with the best AI will be "the ruler of the world."

    Elon Musk thinks AI will be the cause of World War III - Business Insider

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    It's the country that harnesses AI/ML in the most cost effective, efficient manner that will rule the world. People bad mouth money and greed, but money over the long term is the ultimate arbiter of power and progress. Short term though, there can be horrible distortions that are at best short term(a few years). AI/ML can only leverage talents you already have, the more talent and resources an organization already has the more leverage it can apply. Einstein said compounding is the world's most powerful force and the application of AI/ML will be no exception.

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    Somebody better tell the UK that its decision not to fund AI (except at Edinburgh University) from the Lighthill Report will make them a backward country. I believe Putin's advisors are ill informed. AI is pure hype. A simple application of scientific method (mostly discovered by Karl Popper at London School of Economics) would be to fund projects developing AI and fund projects attempting to falsify the very possibility of AI equally.

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    Remember folks that back in the 1980's when Japanese semiconductor companies produced the best DRAM chips in the world that the USA response was to form SEMATECH as a way to literally catch up to the Japanese IC manufacturing abilities. Next, the Japanese government announced an ambitious program called the Fifth Generation project to create AI like the Hal 9000 computer system in the very popular, and award-winning film, 2001 - A Space Odyssey.

    Guess what?

    The Fifth Generation Project was a colossal failure as an AI program.

    Maybe I'm a skeptic, because I just don't see all of these dire predictions about general-purpose, AI projects actually coming into being. Yes, AI can perform some very domain-specific tasks but nothing approaching general learning:

    • Checkers
    • Chess
    • Backgammon
    • Go
    • Video games
    • Day-trading stocks
    • Jeopardy
    • Image identification
    • Video object detection
    • Speech recognition
    • Medical diagnosis
    • Language translation

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daniel Payne View Post
    Yes, AI can perform some very domain-specific tasks but nothing approaching general learning: ...
    ... yet. One should know that in the academic world like MIT this is actually what Machine Learning is meant with; not the marketing resell of modeling and optimization tools from last century we now often see in the EDA world...

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