The hand of humanoid robot AILA (artificial intelligence lightweight android) operates a switchboard during a demonstration by the German research centre for artificial intelligence at the CeBit computer fair in Hanover March, 5, 2013. Credit:Reuters/Fabrizio Bensch It is easy to confuse the current geopolitical situation with that of the 1980s.

The US and Russia each accuse the other of interfering in domestic affairs. Russia has annexed territory over US objections, raising concerns about military conflict.

As during the Cold War after World War II, nations are developing and building weapons based on advanced technology. During the Cold War, the weapon of choice was nuclear missiles; today it’s software, whether its used for attacking computer systems or targets in the real world.

Russian rhetoric about the importance of artificial intelligence is picking up – and with good reason: As artificial intelligence software develops, it will be able to make decisions based on more data and more quickly, than humans can handle. As someone who researches the use of AI for applications as diverse as drones, self-driving vehicles and cybersecurity, I worry that the world may be entering – or perhaps already in – another cold war, fueled by AI.

And I’m not alone. Just like the the Cold War in the 1940s and 1950s, each side has reason to fear its opponent gaining a technological upper hand. Read more from thewire.in…

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