The Daily Mail is reporting that Russian President Vladimir Putin has expressed reservations about artificial intelligence, even asking the head of Russia's largest tech firm 'how long do we have before the 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, the Daily Mail reports. Volozh was discussing the "potential" of AI when he discovered that Putin has a dramatically different interpretation of what that might be.
According to state-funded Russian broadcaster RT, the question baffled Volozh.
"I hope never", he replied after taking a pause to gather his thoughts. "It's not the first machine to be better than humans at something. An excavator digs better than we do with a shovel. But we don't get eaten by excavators. A car moves faster than we do…"
But Putin seemed unconvinced. "They don't think," he remarked.
Volozh acknowledged that it was true and scrambled back to his speech on AI's merits.