Alibaba’s Chairman Jack Ma’s warns about World War III caused by dependence on technology

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Published 22.06.2017 18:53
Jack Ma, Founder and Executive Chairman, Alibaba Groups, talks with American television host Charlie Rose during the inaugural Gateway 17 event at Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., June 20, 2017. (Reuters Photo)
Jack Ma, Founder and Executive Chairman, Alibaba Groups, talks with American television host Charlie Rose during the inaugural Gateway 17 event at Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., June 20, 2017. (Reuters Photo)

Online shopping website Alibabas's founder and chairman Jack Ma stated at the Gateway 2017 conference that new technologies can threaten the delicate balances of life.

Jack Ma said new technologies such as artificial intelligence could lead to the World War III during an interview with CBNC's David Faber Wednesday.

"The first technological revolution caused World War I. The second technological revolution caused World War II. This is the third technological revolution," warned Ma.

Machine learning and artificial intelligence is used by a record number of companies. However, the geopolitical consequences of increased automation have already begun to create worry. New technologies can cause concern among employees who sometimes lose their jobs to machines.

"The war starts when the trade stops," Ma said during the opening of an Alibaba headquarters in Australia in February.

Ma stated that new technologies could cause mass unemployment and lead to confusion and dissension within political systems.

Ma said that the Industrial Revolution led to World War I by creating economic conditions that produced conflicts between different nations and classes. The revolts led by similar technological advancement also served as a catalyst to World War II, he said.

However, Ma added that he did not believe that artificial intelligence would take the place of human wisdom.

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