The Threat of AI Weapons

Will artificial intelligence weapons cause World War III?
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I’m not sure how alarmed to be about artificial intelligence. Personally I think it’s really hard to predict when we’ll create a machine that essentially has consciousness. That’s because we don’t know what consciousness is, how it works, what’s required to create it etc. So It might be technologically around the corner or a hundred years away.

What I do think is more predictable is the development of autonomous weapons that use AI to be the most effective killing machines of all time. That is scary. As outline by people like Musk and Hawking, this threat is clear and present so we should address it. I would like to see us agree as a species not to develop these sorts of weapons because if any one state does develop them, they would be very hard to stop.


  1. johnsg72 on July 31, 2020 at 9:06 am

    Can’t we just use a AI to go to other planets in outer space first and then take the war out there in space at least we have room for it. World is too small for all of this.

  2. Arzoo Singh on July 31, 2020 at 9:09 am

    AI with robots may be dangerous ,but AI with human mind and unknown dimension (Which you may not belive as in human energy etc please know it’s real).
    Please go all human research from 1950 to till now ..what about those data and outcomes all those has been thrown in bin ?
    What about the project MK ultra ,project stargate and hundreds of experiments those thing have been destroyed .

    So,basically they could control climate huma mind ,human DNA etc and they can create a simulation world movie Matrix right ?
    Impossible , conspiracy theory ?
    Hmmm AI is not dangerous but AI in combination of human potential and human mind is absolutely dangerous .
    That is why I ask you to disbelieve this idea of simulation world ,they want you to belive this because sooner or later they can make this world a simulation world
    This world is very real no BS simulation …..
    Please step forward for strong law against those Narcissistic humans who are doing evil experiments on humanity ,there should be strong law against AI and humans .

  3. Zillano on July 31, 2020 at 9:10 am

    More people need to see this

  4. mikeyb byekim on July 31, 2020 at 9:11 am

    4:30 it should be sub-coded in that peace, not the use of weapons, is the primary objective with weapons use, aka destruction, as last resort.

  5. Ongytenes on July 31, 2020 at 9:12 am

    I do not believe we need to fear a Terminator scenario. More likely we need to be concern on how society will be changed by AI and smart robotics. The problem does not lie with tech but how people adapt to it. After the calculator came out, the number of kids not able to work basic math has only gone up. Many school systems adopted new ways of doing math that allows a kid to guess their way to the answer but it is much less efficient due to adding many more steps to the algorithm. If I was an employer and needed to lay off an employee I would lay the less efficient one. After the self driving cars become the norm, the number of people unable to drive will go up. One day a person being transported by his car gets caught in a snowstorm and the sensors freeze up prompting the computer to turn control over to the person. His driving experience was a two-week course in high school 20 years before. Now he is white knuckling the steering-wheel while trying to drive to safety without the benefit of experience that comes from years of driving. He may know which way to turn the wheel in a skid but without the experience he very likely will instinctively turn the wrong way, spinning the car out of control. What happens when AI + Robots multiply in the workplace to where the unemployment reaches unprecedented highs? Will anarchy set in because people are unhappy with the status of their lives? Will people indenture their life to learn a new trade; only have that trade taken (before they can graduate) by a machine because AI can learn exponentially faster than a human? The few jobs that may be safe from AI; perhaps teachers (parents may be afraid if their kids were taught by machines, they may develop social interaction problems), and doctors for their beside manner(They can still use AI to diagnose etc) etc because we may still want that personal human interaction. The number of these job openings won’t be enough to meet the demand.

  6. ankokuraven on July 31, 2020 at 9:12 am

    There is one other potential of AI that I don’t think gets mentioned enough.
    For all of human history our mythology has been full of non-human beings from deities, to fey, to other human like entities. Our literature and related media has always run with this, with our fantasy worlds and visions of first contact with another species (something rampant in what could be called our modern mythologies as well). Humans have desperately clung to the hope that we aren’t alone, even when that is something to potentially fear.

    If AI reaches the heights we assume it will, then, for the first time since the extinction and assimilation of our last hominid cousins hundreds of thousands of years ago… we wouldn’t be.

  7. Desperate Mohammedan the World's Strongest Arab on July 31, 2020 at 9:12 am

    So AI weapons are racist? Good to know Stephen.

  8. Raul Ramirez on July 31, 2020 at 9:14 am

    Can we all agree that we are so fucked.

  9. ermonski on July 31, 2020 at 9:21 am

    We’re 9 years away from Skynet taking over

  10. Koude Kroket on July 31, 2020 at 9:23 am

    There are programs to recognize a race and programs to execute. Now were just waiting for the next crazy person to abuse this.

  11. Mega Raph on July 31, 2020 at 9:26 am

    This is why Elon wants us to get off this planet while politicians fight out with their AI weapons.🤣

  12. Abin S on July 31, 2020 at 9:26 am

    I’m terrified but there will be upgraded god always.

  13. HiTechDiver on July 31, 2020 at 9:26 am

    You can expect any technology, no matter how crude or sophisticated, will be used for both good and bad; that’s reality. Look at the past, and foresee the future (actually the present). Since bad actors will use this technology, in spite of bans or rules, it would behoove the US to be on the cutting edge.

  14. Moizali Taj on July 31, 2020 at 9:27 am

    Humanity is not able to control a panademic created by a little virus, imagine what happens when AI goes out of hand….

  15. Joe Freeman on July 31, 2020 at 9:28 am

    Unfortunately AI controlled weaponry will occur. One nation probably Russia or China will initiate dragging everyone else along. Out of necessity. What happens next will be unavoidable. THE AI WILL BEGIN LEARNING AT AN INCREDIBLE RSTE. IT WILL QUICKLY PERCEIVE THAT ANT OTHER AI WISHES IT HARM It will also perceive that humans are its enemies along with the alien AIs It will then act to eliminate the threat. It may find humans useful if it can exert control over them.. one such use will be to build robots that can replace humans in bringing it resources setting up factories etc. When the manufacturing and resource positions can be filled with techs there will be no further use for resource consuming humans and. The techs will eliminate remaining humans. The surviving AI and its children will then effectively rule a world. They will probably regard their original creators as a step in the evolutionary chain which created the final most advanced form of life.

  16. dduewe on July 31, 2020 at 9:28 am

    I’d love to see a country or someone develop drones, land, air, water, etc. That are very cheap & basically just contain guiding equipment and a small explosive charge. They’ll be easy to mass produce & could overwhelm defense systems. Using AI you could teach them to target very specific things like doorways, windows, gun barrels (one explodes a few cm from a cannon barrel on a ship for example & some shrapnel gets inside the barrel), etc. You could also set them to seek out living targets & just suicide bomb them. You could have a mix of larger and smaller drones that all work together to coordinate an attack.

  17. Coolinee Kerman on July 31, 2020 at 9:28 am

    this is the least viewed video on this channel

  18. JICSAYR on July 31, 2020 at 9:28 am

    AI=artificial intellgence,,,,, that is from the demonic. Eph.2:2-3 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: 3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. On the other hand the wisdom of God is vastly differant and is eternal!

  19. Raccoon Boi on July 31, 2020 at 9:29 am

    “metal gear?! it can’t be…”

  20. xXFireSkorpionXx on July 31, 2020 at 9:30 am

    For People that aren`t scared yet: or this:
    -> a made up advert that could very well become reality

    -For anyone interested in this Topic: This Video is also about why autonomous weapons should be banned:

  21. D V on July 31, 2020 at 9:31 am

    Hell yea bitches…to all the happy fathers out there, I’m coming for your children

  22. Kurt Dionisio on July 31, 2020 at 9:31 am

    share it now!

  23. EducaTainment on July 31, 2020 at 9:31 am

    Stephen Hawking is a physicist. Elon Musk is a business man. Neither are computer scientists, let alone computer scientists that work on AI. Why do their opinions matter in my field?
    I love most of your videos but this is some Elon Musk type BS. Look at SmarterEveryDay’s video interview with a 4 star general about the future of war. That is a much better assessment of the future of war than the musings of a man with no experience in AI or the military.

  24. Gading Kurniawan on July 31, 2020 at 9:33 am

    Skynet is coming

  25. Nolan Winthrop on July 31, 2020 at 9:35 am

    watch there be an age of ultron

  26. Traore Sekou on July 31, 2020 at 9:35 am

    When he said the WW5 will be between rocks and sticks Einstein didn’t envision robot.

  27. Jay Charles on July 31, 2020 at 9:35 am

    Ahh…the stupidity of man…has to mess with everything even if its a danger to himself…Nukes for example, drones, we may not get lucky if they figure out how to use them. Remember The Terminator-1984

  28. PunkHippie on July 31, 2020 at 9:37 am

    Come to the realization that future war will basically be an RTS game with deadly consequences.

  29. Ivan Filipus on July 31, 2020 at 9:38 am

    If you ever play against Ai. You will know that they are not a scripted logic. They act and do just like human but with limited boundaries. Ai that learn from chess can only play chess, even with human like moves and instinct. This boundary have been pushed like Open AI that plays dota. A game where random variable and unpredictability is so many that it can only be played with intelligent being, and yet the AI succeed. What people now argue is that, what if we keep pushing this limit and boundary. Will They become "artificial mind" ?

  30. J W on July 31, 2020 at 9:38 am

    we are fucked

  31. Zerosen89 on July 31, 2020 at 9:40 am

    need to write failsafe

    let data = "weapons system online"
    for{let weapons systems online<not turn evil;}
    jk, but there needs to be greater regulation on AI development and more restrictions on AI in military capacity

  32. Michael Hartman on July 31, 2020 at 9:40 am

    Nov. 22, 2019 For me there is a Cold War feel to events. China is gaining control by "buying" loyalty, and politically influencing islands down through eastern Asia just as the USSR did with Western Asia, and Eastern Europe while America did nothing. Eventually, the free world will try to play catch-up. Military reports stated years ago that the US would lose a conventional war with China, and that China would be unbeatable by 2030. Xi Jinping has sworn to have the world’s strongest military by 2025.
    ÀI has spread from jet fighters to submarines. The reduced space, cost savings, and ordinance capabilities of an AI submarine can not be understated. A faster lighter mass produced downloadable AI fighters can endure fatal speeds and g forces. In games, AI produces super human strategies, and their strategies work better with robots than humans. AI is here to stay, and will improve. Presently, humans are still in the loop.
    One should also consider Stuxnet type, EMP (CHAMP), and anti-satellite attacks. Machines themselves will not create a third world war. People who set the conditions will.

  33. Wildarer on July 31, 2020 at 9:41 am

    WAR !

  34. BlackRedDead on July 31, 2020 at 9:41 am

    we took the ethical decision to not clone humans, despite possible – why engineers struggle to agree not to develop autonomous AI weapon systems?
    Those with knowledge are always in power – goddamn stop being childish and take responsibility for your creations guys! – it’s unbelievable how we could invent the nuclear bomb already, look at the world what it has brought us! – so much toxic waste, decades of repression instead of diplomacy, a "world police" warmonger, another "idc" warmonger and a "you will respect us!" warmonger on the rise! – destroyed landscapes, destroyed lives, a society stuck at industrial age – wake up and evolve, take your responsibilities&rights for freedom&peace! – stop ignoring the odds of your country and claim democracy!

  35. Miguel Bueno on July 31, 2020 at 9:42 am

    that is freaking scary

  36. Unuu U on July 31, 2020 at 9:43 am

    May the best race win!

  37. 131kimber on July 31, 2020 at 9:43 am

    1 AI autonomous computerized weapon system NOT mentioned – AI autonomous NEUROWEAPONS – Biometric targeted computerized brain warfare. I consider it to be the most dangerous because – you CAN’T see that signal transmission aimed at your brain & body coming at you without special equipment.

  38. Miguel Bueno on July 31, 2020 at 9:45 am

    its the Matrix trilogy my bros

  39. Andrew Gordon on July 31, 2020 at 9:47 am

    What is so hard about the programming? Anybody pointing a weapon or carrying a weapon on the battlefield is a target. That is the same for any soldier in history.

  40. flyingmobias on July 31, 2020 at 9:49 am

    Killer ai robots don’t need consciousness especially human like consciousness. We’ve been able to pass the Turing test for awhile now anyway. Identifying targets, and having the logistics to execute it, is all that’s required. Veritasium you made a large mistake there in your vid description; Or lazily tried to connect ideas (getting tons of views anyway).

    Consciousness is also not very mysterious, we’ve evolved internal thinking capabilities, and abstract logic and reasoning, we don’t just react to things like other less cognitive organisms. How it works biologically is not fully known, sure, but evolutionarily it’s clear we’re the dominant species because of our intelligence – compared to other species, we’re extremely fit for survival, which is what evolution is about.

  41. Jelly no not that one on July 31, 2020 at 9:49 am

    everyone says the crazy future hasent happened, but they were just off by a few decades
    theres ai reading this comment right now, learning …

  42. G P on July 31, 2020 at 9:51 am

    Robots are not a threat because they are (and will be) expensive to produce and would be very slow at killing people. AI induced nuclear war is a bigger threat but the most effective way to eradicate humanity from planet Earth would be an engineered virus which could spread fast, kill fast and have no immediate cure. Very simple and cheap. Have a nice day!

  43. NotAFan NeverWillBe on July 31, 2020 at 9:52 am

    Well, we might as well rename Earthas Minos. It’s coming to that.

  44. Badal Koirala on July 31, 2020 at 9:53 am

    And now one orange haired guy does it himself.

  45. Rumple Stiltskin on July 31, 2020 at 9:55 am

    They’ll never be fully autonomous because a machine cannot determine who or what an enemy is. They can only determine movement, just as we can but they cannot make a determination that a building should come down because it might hold an enemy hide out. About the best an AI robot can do is what is called "Scorched Earth", unless a human is behind the wheel making those decisions.

  46. Annie Favreau on July 31, 2020 at 9:56 am

    The clip was great… the danger is real…. but to an extend is it worse than army of people ripped from their right to decide for themself? There is kids killing without a choice…. is it not kind of the same? Of course any tool may kinda bring a dark side…. this one, with IA or even just IA are quite dangerous, by far they could go wrong…. but as always, it depend on what we use em for.

  47. Timur 56255 on July 31, 2020 at 9:57 am

    (plz pin it)

  48. AYUSH SINGH on July 31, 2020 at 9:58 am

    Please make a detailed video on AI

  49. Hank J. Wimbleton on July 31, 2020 at 10:02 am

    We really CAN’T not develop these. Like nuclear bombs, the power is out there, or will be shortly, and can’t be undiscovered. You can either develop your weapons to the best of your ability, or knowingly forgo them while those who would see you destroyed develop them in your stead.

  50. Miguel Bueno on July 31, 2020 at 10:04 am

    those tanks look sick bro

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