North Korea has become a major problem for China and the United States as the country moves to improve its nuclear arsenal. The state will likely create the perfect nuclear warhead and become more of a threat than ever before. However, Tesla CEO Elon Musk doesn’t believe North Korea is the greatest danger. In fact, he doesn’t believe any country is a threat to the stability of the world. From his point of view, it’s all about Artificial Intelligence and what it can do in the future if not kept in check.

AI a bigger threat than North Korea?

Elon Musk made the statement in a Friday morning tweet.

In fact, Musk has been warning the world about the dangers of artificial intelligence for quite some time. He even went against Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, saying the young billionaire doesn’t fully understand AI.

For years the tech world has been living with the fun fantasy of Skynet rising to conquer the human race. It’s fun to talk about, but no one ever thought it could become a reality, even if not to the same extent. Bear in mind that it wasn’t long ago that Facebook tested several AIs that created their own language. The social network quickly ended the test, showing that artificial intelligence -- if left unchecked -- can become quite dangerous.

No, the world won’t have to deal with robots deciding by themselves that they need to end the human race.

However, someone could create artificial intelligence with the purpose of hurting people. As technology becomes better and AI becomes smarter, the chances of someone creating a rogue robot grow. Expect countries to have autonomous robots roaming the world soon. Even hackers could take advantage of AI by weaponizing it for nefarious means.

It’s a long shot, but hey, anything is possible in today’s age.

Time for regulation before it’s too late

One of the primary ideas Elon Musk has come up with to keep artificial intelligence in check is to have it regulated by the government. He says that cars, planes, food, drugs, and other things are governed, therefore, artificial intelligence should meet the same fate as well.

If this is going to happen, it will take time since lawmakers and folks in the tech industry would have to garner a better understanding of artificial intelligence. Not everyone agrees with Elon Musk, so as it stands, he and others will have to prove that AI is dangerous. Doing so is easier said than done, but at the end of the day, regulation will happen.