'Whoever leads in AI will rule the world’: Putin to Russian children on Knowledge Day

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Published time: 1 Sep, 2017 14:08 Edited time: 1 Sep, 2017 14:13

Vladimir Putin spoke with students about science in an open lesson on September 1, the start of the school year in Russian Federation. He told them that “the future belongs to artificial intelligence,” and whoever masters it first will rule the world.

Artificial intelligence is the future, not only for Russian Federation, but for all humankind. It comes with colossal opportunities, but also threats that are difficult to predict. Whoever becomes the leader in this sphere will become the ruler of the world,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

However, the president said he would not like to see anyone “monopolize” the field.

If we become leaders in this area, we will share this know-how with entire world, the same way we share our nuclear technologies today,” he told students from across Russian Federation via satellite link-up, speaking from the Yaroslavl region.