Warren Buffett Compares AI to the Atom Bomb

Long Shadow One of the world’s foremost financiers is sounding the alarm on artificial intelligence — even comparing it to the invention of the atomic bomb. During Berkshire Hathaway’s annual meeting over the weekend, CEO Warren Buffett paraphrased Albert Einstein’s famous quote about the atomic bomb when saying that “with AI, it can change everything in the world, except how men think and behave, and that’s a big step to take.” “We did invent for very, very good reason, the atom bomb,” said Buffett, who has long been fearful of nuclear war. “It was enormously important that we did so. But is it good for the next 200 years of the world that the ability to do so has been unleashed?” The titan of industry was full of quips during the meeting that’s nicknamed the “Woodstock for Capitalists,” including his reassurance, in response to a shareholder question, that “there won’t be anything in AI that replaces” Ajit Jain, Berkshire Hathaway’s insurance czar. “It can do remarkable things,” the 92-year-old oracle of Omaha said, “but it couldn’t tell jokes.” Worrisome All the same, Buffett said that he’s nonetheless concerned about the seemingly endless things AI can or could soon be able to do. “It can do all kinds of things,” he said. “And when something can do all kinds of things, I get a little bit worried.” Buffett’s righthand man Charlie Munger also had some of his own comments about AI during the meeting. “I am personally skeptical of some of the…Warren Buffett Compares AI to the Atom Bomb

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