Vladimir Putin recently expressed his fears with regards to artificial intelligence [AI] by asking Russia's largest technology firm how long it will be until smart robots “eat us.” Arkady Volozh, chief of the internet firm Yande replied, “I hope never.” Putin said he wasn’t so sure stating that he believes AI is “the future, not only for Russia, but for all humankind.” But, he added, alongside its "colossal opportunities" are "threats that are difficult to predict." He then concluded by saying, "Whoever becomes the leader in this sphere will become the ruler of the world."
In expressing his concern about the future of AI, Putin joins Tesla founder Elon Musk, who is strongly in favour of regulating its development. Musk worries that robots could one day take up arms against humans. Standing with Musk is Bill Gates when he says, "I am in the camp that is concerned about super intelligence.” And both are backed by Stephen Hawking who says, "The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race."