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Mass Arrests, Power Grabs and the Politics of Fear

John W. Whitehead, Rutherford
Waking Times

“Never has our future been more unpredictable, never have we depended so much on political forces that cannot be trusted to follow the rules of common sense and self-interest—forces that look like sheer insanity, if judged by the standards of other centuries.” ― Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism

How do you persuade a populace to embrace totalitarianism, that goose-stepping form of tyranny in which the government has all of the power and “we the people” have none?

You persuade the people that the menace they face (imaginary or not) is so sinister, so overwhelming, so fearsome that the only way to surmount the danger is by empowering the government to take all necessary steps to quash it, even if that means allowing government jackboots to trample all over the Constitution.

This is how you use the politics of fear to persuade a freedom-loving people to shackle themselves to a dictatorship.

It works the same way every time.

The government’s overblown, extended wars on terrorism, drugs, violence and illegal immigration have been convenient ruses used to terrorized the populace into relinquishing more of their freedoms in exchange for elusive promises of security.

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Case in point: on June 17, the same day President Trump announced that the government would be making mass arrests in order to round up and forcibly remove millions of illegal immigrants—including families and children—from the country, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a ruling in Gamble v. United States that placed the sovereignty (i.e., the supreme power or authority) of federal and state governments over that of the citizenry, specifically as it relates to the government’s ability to disregard the Constitution’s Double Jeopardy Clause.

At first glance, the two incidents—one relating to illegal immigration and the other to the government’s prosecutorial powers—don’t have much to do with each other, and yet there is a common thread that binds them together.

That common thread speaks to the nature of the government beast we have been saddled with and how it views the rights and sovereignty of “we the people.”

Now you don’t hear a lot about sovereignty anymore.

Sovereignty is a dusty, antiquated term that harkens back to an age when kings and emperors ruled with absolute power over a populace that had no rights. Americans turned the idea of sovereignty on its head when they declared their independence from Great Britain and rejected the absolute authority of King George III. In doing so, Americans claimed for themselves the right to self-government and established themselves as the ultimate authority and power.

In other words, in America, “we the people”— sovereign citizens—call the shots.

So when the government acts, it is supposed to do so at our bidding and on our behalf, because we are the rulers.

That’s not exactly how it turned out, though, is it?

In the 200-plus years since we boldly embarked on this experiment in self-government, we have been steadily losing ground to the government’s brazen power grabs, foisted upon us in the so-called name of national security.

The government has knocked us off our rightful throne. It has usurped our rightful authority. It has staged the ultimate coup. Its agents no longer even pretend that they answer to “we the people.”

So you see, the two incidents on June 17 were not hugely significant in and of themselves.

Trump’s plan to carry out mass arrests of anyone the government suspects might be an illegal immigrant, and the Supreme Court’s recognition that the government can sidestep the Constitution for the sake of expediency are merely more of the same abuses that have been heaped upon us in recent years.

Yet these incidents speak volumes about how far our republic has fallen and how desensitized “we the people” have become to this constant undermining of our freedoms.

How do we reconcile the Founders’ vision of our government as an entity whose only purpose is to serve the people with the police state’s insistence that the government is the supreme authority, that its power trumps that of the people themselves, and that it may exercise that power in any way it sees fit (that includes government agents crashing through doors, mass arrests, ethnic cleansing, racial profiling, indefinite detentions without due process, and internment camps)?

They cannot be reconciled. They are polar opposites.

We are fast approaching a moment of reckoning where we will be forced to choose between the vision of what America was intended to be (a model for self-governance where power is vested in the people) and the reality of what she has become (a police state where power is vested in the government).

This slide into totalitarianism—helped along by overcriminalization, government surveillance, militarized police, neighbors turning in neighbors, privatized prisons, and forced labor camps, to name just a few similarities—is tracking very closely with what happened in Germany in the years leading up to Hitler’s rise to power.

We are walking a dangerous path right now.

The horrors of the Nazi concentration camps weren’t kept secret from the German people. They were well-publicized. As The Guardian reports:

The mass of ordinary Germans did know about the evolving terror of Hitler’s Holocaust… They knew concentration camps were full of Jewish people who were stigmatised as sub-human and race-defilers. They knew that these, like other groups and minorities, were being killed out of hand. They knew that Adolf Hitler had repeatedly forecast the extermination of every Jew on German soil. They knew these details because they had read about them. They knew because the camps and the measures which led up to them had been prominently and proudly reported step by step in thousands of officially-inspired German media articles and posters… The reports, in newspapers and magazines all over the country were phases in a public process of “desensitisation” which worked all too well, culminating in the killing of 6m Jews….

Likewise, the mass of ordinary Americans are fully aware of the Trump Administration’s efforts to stigmatize and dehumanize any and all who do not fit with the government’s plans for this country.

These mass arrests of anyone suspected of being an illegal immigrant may well be the shot across the bow.

You see, it’s a short hop, skip and a jump from allowing government agents to lock large swaths of the population up in detention centers unless or until they can prove that they are not only legally in the country to empowering government agents to subject anyone—citizen and noncitizen alike—to similar treatment unless or until they can prove that they are in compliance with every statute and regulation on the books, and not guilty of having committed some crime or other.

It’s no longer a matter of if, but when.

You may be innocent of wrongdoing now, but when the standard for innocence is set by the government, no one is safe. Everyone is a suspect, and anyone can be a criminal when it’s the government determining what is a crime.

Remember, the police state does not discriminate.

At some point, once the government has been given the power to do whatever it wants—the Constitution be damned—it will not matter whether you’re an illegal immigrant or a citizen by birth, a law-breaker or someone who marches in lockstep with the government’s dictates. Government jails will detain you just as easily whether you’ve obeyed every law or broken a dozen. And government agents will treat you like a suspect, whether or not you’ve done anything wrong, simply because they have been trained to view and treat everyone like potential criminals.

Eventually, all that will matter is whether some government agent—poorly trained, utterly ignorant of the Constitution, way too hyped up on the power of their badges, and authorized to detain, search, interrogate, threaten and generally harass anyone they see fit—chooses to single you out for special treatment.

We’ve been having this same debate about the perils of government overreach for the past 50-plus years, and still we don’t seem to learn, or if we learn, we learn too late.

All of the excessive, abusive tactics employed by the government today—warrantless surveillance, stop and frisk searches, SWAT team raids, roadside strip searches, asset forfeiture schemes, private prisons, indefinite detention, militarized police, etc.—started out as a seemingly well-meaning plan to address some problem in society that needed a little extra help.

Be careful what you wish for: you will get more than you bargained for, especially when the government’s involved.

Remember, nothing is ever as simple as the government claims it is.

The war on drugs turned out to be a war on the American people, waged with SWAT teams and militarized police.

The war on terror turned out to be a war on the American people, waged with warrantless surveillance and indefinite detention.

The war on immigration is turning out to be yet another war on the American people, waged with roving government agents demanding “papers, please.”

Whatever dangerous practices you allow the government to carry out now—whether it’s in the name of national security or protecting America’s borders or making America great again—rest assured, these same practices can and will be used against you when the government decides to set its sights on you.

If you’re inclined to advance this double standard because you believe you have done nothing wrong and have nothing to hide, beware: there’s always a boomerang effect.

As commentator Shaun Kenney observed:

What civil liberties are you willing to surrender in the apprehension of 12 million people? Knock and drags? Detention centers? Checkpoints? House-to-house searches? Papers, please? Will we be racially profiling folks to look for or are we talking about people of Chinese… Indian… Irish… Polish… Italian… people-who-might-look-like-you descent as well? If the federal government makes a 1% rounding error and accidentally deports an American citizen, that’s 120,000 Americans… what means will be used to restore their rights? Who will remunerate them for their financial loss? Restore their lost homes? Personal property? Families? … What happens when these means are turned against some other group of undesirables in America by a president who does not share your political persuasion, but can now justify the act based on previous justifications?

We are all at risk.

The law of reciprocity applies here. The flip side of that Golden Rule, which calls for us to treat others as we would have them treat us, is that we shouldn’t inflict on others what we wouldn’t want to suffer ourselves.

In other words, if you don’t want to be locked up in a prison cell or a detention camp—if you don’t want to be discriminated against because of the color of your race, religion, politics or anything else that sets you apart from the rest—if you don’t want your loved ones shot at, strip searched, tasered, beaten and treated like slaves—if you don’t want to have to be constantly on guard against government eyes watching what you do, where you go and what you say—if you don’t want to be tortured, waterboarded or forced to perform degrading acts—if you don’t want your children to be forcibly separated from you, caged and lost—then don’t allow these evils to be inflicted on anyone else, no matter how compelling a case the government makes for it or how fervently you believe in the cause.

You can’t have it both ways.

You can’t live in a constitutional republic if you allow the government to act like a police state.

You can’t claim to value freedom if you allow the government to operate like a dictatorship.

You can’t expect to have your rights respected if you allow the government to treat whomever it pleases with disrespect and an utter disregard for the rule of law.

Indeed, when the government is allowed to operate as a law unto itself, the rule of law itself becomes illegitimate. As Martin Luther King Jr. pointed out in his Letter from a Birmingham Jail, “everything Adolf Hitler did in Germany was ‘legal’ and everything the Hungarian freedom fighters did in Hungary was ‘illegal.’ It was ‘illegal’ to aid and comfort a Jew in Hitler’s Germany.”

In other words, there comes a time when law and order are in direct opposition to justice.

Isn’t that what the American Revolution was all about?

Finally, if anyone suggests that the government’s mass immigration roundups and arrests are just the government doing its job to fight illegal immigration, don’t buy it.

This is not about illegal immigration. It’s about power and control.

It’s about testing the waters to see how far the American people will allow the government to go in re-shaping the country in the image of a totalitarian police state.

It’s about the rise of an “emergency state” that justifies all manner of government misconduct and power grabs in the so-called name of national security.

It’s about how much tyranny “we the people” will tolerate before we find our conscience and our voice.

It’s about how far we will allow the government to go in its efforts to distract and divide us and turn us into a fearful, easily controlled populace.

Ultimately, it’s about whether we believe—as the Founders did—that our freedoms are inherently ours and that the government is only as powerful as we allow it to be. Freedom does not flow from the government. It was not given to us, to be taken away at the will of the State. In the same way, the government’s appointed purpose is not to threaten or undermine our freedoms, but to safeguard them.

We must get back to this way of thinking if we are to ever stand our ground in the face of threats to those freedoms.

As I make clear in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, it’s time to draw that line in the sand.

The treatment being meted out to anyone that looks like an illegal immigrant is only the beginning. Eventually we will all be in the government’s crosshairs for one reason or another.

This is the start of the slippery slope.

Martin Niemöller understood this. A Lutheran minister who was imprisoned and executed for opposing Hitler’s regime, Niemoller warned:

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

About the Author

Constitutional attorney and author John W. Whitehead is founder and president of The Rutherford Institute, where this article (The Jackboots Are Coming: Mass Arrests, Power Grabs and the Politics of Fear) was originally published. He is the author of A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State and The Change Manifesto.

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Are We Seeing The Power Elite Finally Come Down?

“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”–19th century clergyman Theodore Parker

Martin Luther King popularized the quotation above as it was emblematic of his fervent belief that in due time–and he recognized this time could be after he had passed away–true justice would prevail in the world. This notion also resonates with the world’s popular spiritual traditions, where many prophesy that a ‘day of judgment’ would eventually be upon us, a day that would signal the end of one human era and the beginning of another.

Within alternative media, much of this sentiment is currently focused on the high crimes and misdemeanors on the part of rich, powerful, highly-placed people that brave investigators and whistleblowers have revealed, sometimes at the expense of their lives. A growing number of awakening people in this space have suffered great frustration and sorrow from the ongoing immunity to prosecution that the perpetrators of some of the greatest criminal conspiracies in our history have enjoyed under the cover of deception, misinformation, threats,  bribery, and the very effective ridicule of the ‘conspiracy theory’.

When it is all said and done, we may come to realize that our whole lives have been lived amidst an institutionalized ‘Perversion of Justice,’ to quote the excellent Miami Herald investigative exposé on the crimes of billionaire Jeffrey Epstein, who is actually the focal point of this article. A newly unsealed indictment against Epstein may signal a ray of hope that the dawn of the fabled ‘day of judgment’ may have just arisen on our planet.

Epstein Arrested July 6th

If you haven’t heard about Jeffrey Epstein’s arrest, here is the information coming from a Miami Herald article entitled ‘Epstein’s Arrest Could Bring Down Many Other Powerful Individuals‘: 

Jeffrey Epstein, 66, was arrested at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey shortly before 4 p.m. Saturday, July 6th as he arrived on his private jet from Paris.

About an hour after they picked him up, federal agents arrived at his imposing Manhattan townhouse, breaking down the door to execute search warrants.

The fact that search warrants were issued shows that federal investigators have new evidence against Epstein beyond the sex cases he was given federal immunity for in Florida in 2008, legal experts told the Miami Herald.

The reason they know there is new evidence is because they couldn’t use evidence from a Florida court case to get a search warrant in the state of New York. So the warrant, at least, was based on sufficient evidence of criminality in New York. It also should be noted that the Department of Justice has said that it is not rescinding the plea deal Jeffrey Epstein got in his previous conviction even though it has been determined to have been illegal.

Although details of the case remain undisclosedthere are indications that others involved in his crimes could be charged or named as cooperating witnesses.

The fact that others involved in his crimes could be charged is quite significant, since it indicates that law enforcement and the judiciary are not shying away from proving a CONSPIRACY in this case. This is quite different from his earlier conviction in Florida in 2008, which was ‘soliciting an underage girl for prostitution.’

In a larger sense, it seems as though the days of our law enforcement and judiciary avoiding the conspiracies perpetrated by the rich and famous are ending. The NXIVM Sex Cult convictions was a recent indication. We are now getting a clearer picture that much of the ills in our known history are the result of the criminal conspiracy of powerful people, and no longer are we buying the ‘conspiracy theory’ slander.

Epstein Indictment Unsealed July 8th

Upon reading the indictment in full, the two counts being brought against Epstein are: Sex Trafficking Conspiracy (Count 1) and  Sex Trafficking (Count 2). These are taken directly from the indictment:

(Count 1, Sex Trafficking Conspiracy) From at least in or about 2002, up to and including in or about 2005, in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere, JEFFREY EPSTEIN, the defendant, and others known and unknown, willfully and knowingly did combine, conspire, confederate, and agree together and with each other to commit an offence against the United States, to wit, sex trafficking of minors, in violation of title 18, United States Code, section 1591(a) and (b).

(Count 2, Sex Trafficking): From at least in or about 2002, up to and including in or about 2005, in the Southern District of New York, JEFFREY EPSTEIN, the defendant, willfully and knowingly, in and affecting interstate and foreign commerce, did recruit, entice, harbor, transport, provide, and obtain by any means a person, knowing that the person had not attained the age of 18 years and would be caused to engage in a commercial sex act, and did aid and abet the same, to wit, EPSTEIN recruited, enticed, harbored, transported, provided, and obtained numerous individuals who were less than 18 years old, including but not limited to Minor Victim-1, as described above, and who were then caused to engage in at least one commercial sex act in Manhattan, New York. (Title 18, United States Code, section 1591(a), (b)(2) and 2.).

In other words, he is not being charged with having sex with underage girls as such, although the fact that he did will be demonstrated in the trial in order to prove that he engaged in sex trafficking and sex trafficking conspiracy.

We will note here that there is no mention in the indictment about Epstein’s role in providing underage girls to other famous people, such as Bill Clinton, lawyer Alan Dershowitz, and Prince Andrew of England, among others, who allegedly were ‘clients’ of Epstein’s sex trafficking operation and were named in the flight logs to his private island of Little St. James, dubbed ‘Pedo Island.’

However, this indictment has been enough to motivate Bill Clinton to have a spokesperson put out a public denial of his involvement in any of Epstein’s crimes:

“President Clinton knows nothing about the terrible crimes Jeffrey Epstein pleaded guilty to in Florida some years ago, or those with which he has been recently charged in New York. In 2002 and 2003, President Clinton took a total of four trips on Jeffrey Epstein’s airplane: one to Europe, one to Asia, and two to Africa, which included stops in connection with the work of the Clinton Foundation.” (source)

“Staff, supporters of the foundation, and his Secret Service detail traveled on every leg of every trip. He had one meeting with Epstein in his Harlem office in 2002, and around the same time made one brief visit to Epstein’s New York apartment with a staff member and his security detail. He’s not spoken to Epstein in well over a decade, and he has never been to Little St. James IslandEpstein’s ranch in New Mexico, or his residence in Florida.” (source)

This despite a 2016 Fox report citing court documents that Clinton flew on Epstein’s “Lolita Express” to Little St. James island 26 times.

This is just one sign that it is not business as usual for the rich and powerful people for whom there are rampant allegations of criminal behavior but who have not been indicted for them. Again, while the criminal charges against Jeffrey Epstein do not directly involve any of his rich and powerful friends, there is always the possibility that testimony implicating such people could be made public during this trial, and perhaps that is what people like Bill Clinton are now afraid of.

Prosecutor’s News Conference July 8th

The news conference that announced the unsealing of Epstein’s indictment was very clear and forthright about the crimes Epstein committed and the repugnant nature of these crimes. Rather than operating in a veil of secrecy, like we are so used to in the past, there was an openness and explicitness about these crimes, something that I feel has been happening regarding sex trafficking crimes since early in the Trump presidency, with former Attorney General Jeff Sessions and others. If you watch the video of the news conference below, you might agree that U. S. Attorney Geoff Berman seems to be sincere in offering victims the support of the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and asking victims to come forward to have their day in court and help bring perpetrators to justice:

While the charged conduct is from a number of years ago, it is still profoundly important to the many alleged victims, now young women. They deserve their day in court, and we are proud to be standing up for them by bringing this indictment. Combating sex trafficking and exploitation of children is a priority for this office, and for the Department of Justice, as the sexual abuse of a minor can have devastating effects on victims, often lasting for years. That is why my office will not rest, until perpetrators of these types of crimes are brought to justice. Victims’ voices, including the many voices of Epstein’s alleged victims, must be heard. To that end, I want to say to anyone who is watching this, or hearing about our prosecution, if you believe you are a victim of this man, Jeffrey Epstein (pointing at Epstein’s picture), or you have evidence or information relating to the conduct alleged in the indictment unsealed today, we want to hear from you. Please call 1-800-CALL-FBI. That’s 1-800-CALL-FBI.

If there are victims out there who have heard this message and are afraid to speak up, it is quite understandable. The entire culture we have been living in has up to now consistently failed victims again and again, not just for not having been protected in the first place, but then for having their testimony ignored and not acted upon when they go to law enforcement, and again to be unprotected from threats and otherwise improperly treated during the judicial process.

Having said that, victims who have not spoken in the past still may consider this as an opportunity to have their day in court. Although I can’t be certain, I am seeing many indications that things are different right now, and that there is an earnest desire not only to prosecute these crimes to the full extent of the law, but to protect and honor the victims.

If we go back to his Epstein’s earlier conviction, it seems as though such an earnest desire was not there. Epstein was shown to have attempted to intimidate many of the would-be accusers, or pay them off in exchange for non-disclosure. From the government side, then-prosecutor and current Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta let Epstein walk away with a sentence that some have called ‘the most lenient plea deal in history.’ However, according to Vicki Ward, who has written extensively on Epstein, when Acosta interviewed for the Secretary of Labor position, he told the Trump transition that

‘He’d cut the non-prosecution deal with one of Epstein’s attorneys because he had “been told” to back off, that Epstein was above his pay grade. “I was told Epstein ‘belonged to intelligence’ and to leave it alone.” ‘

Like Clinton, who has been out trying to deny allegations connecting him with the crimes of Jeffrey Epstein, Acosta is out there defending his plea deal as justified and even noble, and certainly is giving no indication that he had been bullied by intelligence agencies. (Update July 12th: Alex Acosta has just resigned from his position as Secretary of Labor)

This is another little clue that adds to the notion that the rich and powerful are starting to get concerned, and are trying to get out in front of the story they see unfolding in the public arena. It seems less likely that U. S. Attorney Geoff Berman will cave in to threats from ‘above’, and as mentioned before, may be inviting witness to come forward in order to implicate more high-profile people in these activities.

Epstein Detention Hearing July 15th

I believe what happens at Epstein’s detention hearing on July 15th will reveal a lot. This is when it will be determined if Epstein will have to remain in detention prior to the trial. Prosecutors have argued strenuously that Epstein should be detained without bail pending trial.

Defense lawyers have proposed a bail package on Thursday that would allow Epstein to remain out of jail pending trial and live instead in ‘home detention’ at his Upper East Side mansion, one of the largest residences in Manhattan and valued at $77 million, according to court documents. The arrangement also would put Epstein under electronic monitoring by GPS, require him to post a “substantial” personal recognizance bond secured by his Manhattan home, and deregister and ground his private jet.

These are greater lengths than rich and powerful people are used to having to offer in order to be free pending trial. Indeed, the defense appears to be on the defensive more than in the past when representing someone as high-profile as Epstein. If the court decides to keep Epstein in detention pending trial, this will be another clue that the power has shifted significantly. If Epstein is let out on bail, then we may still have reason for concern.

The Takeaway

I have noted here that there is some indication, based on the recent arrest and indictment of Jeffrey Epstein, that the rich and powerful elite who have perpetrated horrendous crimes against humanity are no longer immune to being brought to justice.

Now, if we can piece together Jeffrey Epstein’s past activities and connections with other high-profile people in a way that starts to give us the big picture, we may have even more compelling reasons to believe that a cavalcade of justice is going to be served on a global elite that has ruled the planet since time immemorial. For this reason, I will soon be working on a companion article to this one, exploring information about how Epstein actually became a billionaire, his connection to the ruling class, and speculations about the real activities that have gone on at Little St. James island.

As always, awareness is the key. Know the truth, and it shall set you free. For the sake of the victims, for the sake of humanity, I invite you to continue exploring with me the difficult and painful revelations about the past treatment of human beings by the global elite. That will help us come to understand the patterns of deceit and control that have been used against us, in order to empower ourselves to walk away from this entire system and free humanity in the process.

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The 5G Dragnet

James Corbett, Corbett Report
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Telecom companies are currently scrambling to implement fifth-generation cellular network technology. But the world of 5G is a world where all objects are wired and constantly communicating data to one another. The dark truth is that the development of 5G networks and the various networked products that they will give rise to in the global smart city infrastructure, represent the greatest threat to freedom in the history of humanity.

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Elon Musk warns A.I. could create an ‘immortal dictator from which we can never escape’

  • Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said that artificial intelligence “doesn’t have to be evil to destroy humanity.”
  • In a new documentary, “Do You Trust This Computer?”, Musk warned the creation of superintelligence could lead to an “immortal dictator.”
  • Musk believes that humans should merge with AI to avoid the risk of becoming irrelevant.

Superintelligence — a form of artificial intelligence (AI) smarter than humans — could create an “immortal dictator,” billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk warned.

In a documentary by American filmmaker Chris Paine, Musk said that the development of superintelligence by a company or other organization of people could result in a form of AI that governs the world.

“The least scary future I can think of is one where we have at least democratized AI because if one company or small group of people manages to develop godlike digital superintelligence, they could take over the world,” Musk said.

“At least when there’s an evil dictator, that human is going to die. But for an AI, there would be no death. It would live forever. And then you’d have an immortal dictator from which we can never escape.”

The documentary by Paine examines a number of examples of AI, including autonomous weapons, Wall Street technology and algorithms driving fake news. It also draws from cultural examples of AI, such as the 1999 film “The Matrix” and 2016 film “Ex Machina.”

Musk cited Google’s DeepMind as an example of a company looking to develop superintelligence. In 2016, AlphaGo, a program developed by the company, beat champion Lee Se-dol at the board game Go. It was seen a major achievement in the development of AI, after IBM’s Deep Blue computer defeated chess champion Garry Kasparov in 1997.

Musk said: “The DeepMind system can win at any game. It can already beat all the original Atari games. It is super human; it plays all the games at super speed in less than a minute.”

The Tesla and SpaceX CEO said that artificial intelligence “doesn’t have to be evil to destroy humanity.”

“If AI has a goal and humanity just happens to be in the way, it will destroy humanity as a matter of course without even thinking about it. No hard feelings,” Musk said.

“It’s just like, if we’re building a road and an anthill just happens to be in the way, we don’t hate ants, we’re just building a road, and so, goodbye anthill.”

Last year, Musk warned that the global race toward AI could result in a third world war. The entrepreneur has also suggested that the emerging technology could pose a greater risk to the world than a nuclear conflict with North Korea.

Musk believes that humans should merge with AI to avoid the risk of becoming irrelevant. He is the co-founder of Neuralink, a start-up that reportedly wants to link the human brain with a computer interface.

He quit the board of OpenAI, a non-profit organization aimed at promoting and developing AI safely, in February.

Source www.cnbc.com

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