Warren Buffett compares AI technology to the atom bomb

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Warren Buffett has complicated feelings about artificial intelligence (AI).

« It can do all kinds of things, and when something can do all kinds of things I get a little bit worried, » he said at the 2023 Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting in May.

« I know we won’t be able to uninvent it, and we did invent, for very, very good reason, the atom bomb. » he added. « But is it good for the next 200 years of the world that the ability to do so has been unleashed? »

In an April interview with CNBC, Buffet made a similar comparison, saying AI is « extraordinary, but I don’t know if it’s beneficial. »

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Followers of Warren Buffet may recognize the atom-bomb theme from his past public comments. The Berkshire chairman and CEO has repeatedly expressed concerns that nuclear attack is the greatest danger to humanity.

But despite the recent comparisons between nukes and AI, nearly half of Berkshire’s investments include companies linked to the development of AI technology.