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Elon Musk Thinks Artificial Intelligence Could Cause World War III

Tech billionaire Elon Musk thinks artificial intelligence could cause a third world war.

Musk's warning comes after Russian President Vladimir Putin told a group of students that "artificial intelligence is the future. ... Whoever becomes the leader in this sphere will become the ruler of the world."

When it comes to potential global conflict, AI seems to worry Musk more than potentially trigger-happy world leaders.

The tech industry guru says AI could decide a preemptive strike is the "most probable path to victory."

Musk has been concerned about the future of AI for a while. Last month, he and other experts signed a letter to the United Nations asking the organization to ban lethal autonomous weapons.

SEE MORE: Putin Says At This Point, Sanctions Against North Korea Are 'Useless'

Musk has also said he thinks AI poses "vastly more risk" than North Korea — and he appears to be sticking with that, even as the North claims it successfully tested a missile-ready nuclear bomb.

But Musk tweeted that North Korea ordering a strike would "be suicide" for its leaders and that the Hermit Kingdom doesn't have any alliances that could throw the world into a war.

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