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Jack Ma: Artificial Intelligence Could Spark WWIII, But 'Humans Will Win'

Jack Ma, Chairman of Alibaba Group. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 21 June 2017 01:13 PM

Alibaba founder Jack Ma predicts that in 30 years. people will work “four hours a day and maybe four days a week.”

He also warned CNBC that artificial intelligence could set off World War III, but humans will win.

"The first technology revolution caused World War I," Ma told CNBC in an interview that aired on Tuesday. "The second technology revolution caused World War II. This is the third technology revolution."

The goal of artificial intelligence should be making machines that do things humans cannot do, rather than making them like humans, according to Ma.

"Wisdom is from the heart," Ma said. "The machine intelligence is by the brain [...] You can always make a machine to learn the knowledge. But it is difficult for machines to have a human heart."

Ma also told CNBC the dominance of giant companies is on the decline, as more small businesses get exposure with the internet.

Ma says more "made in America" goods could be the perfect products to sell to China's swelling middle class.

In a meeting with then President-elect Donald Trump in January, Ma said Alibaba plans to support 1 million American jobs over the next five years, mostly by facilitating sales from small businesses, CNBC.com explained.

"The way to figure out the job creation, one of the best ways, is to help small business to sell their local products across the board," Ma said. "And we have to prepare now. Because the next 30 years is going to be painful."

To be sure, Newsmax Finance Insider Peter Morici recently observed that many Americans often don’t have the skills to do the jobs that are left.

"In factories, robots have been able to lift and weld fenders onto autos for quite some time now, but machines are now moving into tasks that require far more complex thinking and subtle dexterity — for example the handling of fabrics to sew button holes and attach sleeves to shirts," Morici wrote.

"Large commercial bakeries, for example, are becoming “closed looped.” Soon the only humans will be those programming the machines, keeping the books and delivering the bread. And new artificial intelligence programs, driverless vehicles and robots will soon replace many of those positions," he wrote.

"Within a few decades, machines potentially will perform surgery, learn and aggressively improve their own performance from what they see and read, and possess the emotions that drive the creative process unique to humans."

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