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Jack Ma: Artificial intelligence could set off a third world war, but 'humans will win'

CNBC logo CNBC 21/06/2017 Anita Balakrishnan
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Artificial intelligence could set off a third world war, but humans will win the battle, according to Alibaba (BABA) founder Jack Ma.

"The first technology revolution caused World War I," Ma told CNBC in an interview that aired on Tuesday. "The second technology revolution caused World War II. This is the third technology revolution."

Workers and employers are increasingly defined by data unless governments show more willingness to make "hard choices."

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Ma said humans will ultimately win the battle against an artificial intelligence takeover, however, as machines will never have the wisdom and experience that comes with being human.

"Wisdom is from the heart," Ma said. "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."

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The goal of artificial intelligence should be making machines that do things humans cannot do, rather than making them like humans, Ma said. While "we know the machine is powerful and stronger than us," humans will rise above the impending wave of data and artificial intelligence.

"Humans will win," Ma said. "In 30 years ... we'll see us surviving. "

13 serious risks that could spell the end for humanity  (Business Insider - click image below to begin)

<p> Human extinction is something that most people probably try not to dwell too much on, but a team at Cambridge University are devoting their lives to studying the matter.</p><p> Academics, lawyers, scholars, and philosophers at the university's Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER) are specifically focusing on how best to mitigate risks that could lead to human extinction or civilisational collapse.</p><p> Haydn Belfield, an academic project manager at CSER, told Business Insider that he and his peers are looking at risks associated with artificial intelligence, biotechnology, the environment, and to a lesser degree, natural risks.</p><p> "These are 'Global Catastrophic Risks' - defined as those that could kill at least 10% of the global population, or cause equivalent damage," he told Business Insider.</p><p><strong>Here's a roundup of the areas they're focusing on:</strong></p> 13 existential risks that have the potential to bring an end to humanity

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