LONDON - Artificial intelligence will be powerful enough to “kill many humans” within just two years, according to Rishi Sunak’s adviser on the issue.

“You can have really very dangerous threats to humans that could kill many humans, not all humans, simply from where we’d expect models to be in two years time,” Matt Clifford told TalkTV.

Policymakers should be prepared for cyberattacks and the creation of bioweapons unless society finds a way to control the technology, he added.

Tech leaders and experts including Elon Musk, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and engineers from Google, Amazon and Microsoft have called for a six-month pause in the development of artificial intelligence systems to allow time to make sure they are safe.