Elon Musk says the 'fighter jet era has passed' and the US needs autonomous war ...

Elon Musk believes the era of fighter jets is over and future warfare will be carried out by autonomous drones.

The Tesla and SpaceX CEO made the prediction while speaking with US Air Force Lt. Gen. John Thompson at the Air Warfare Symposium in Orlando, Florida on Friday.

'Drone warfare is where the future will be. It's not that I want the future to be – it's just, this is what the future will be,' the billionaire said.

Musk also believes that Lockheed Martin's F-35 fighter jet, is the Pentagon's most expensive weapons system, should have a competitor – and specifically a 'drone fighter plane', according to CNBC.

Musk's reason for suggesting new technology is he is concerned the US may fall behind other nations when it comes to battle weapons if officials do not look to new innovations.

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Elon Musk believes the era of fighter jets is over and future warfare will be done by autonomous drones. 'Drone warfare is where the future will be. It's not that I want the future to be – it's just, this is what the future will be,' the billionaire said

Elon Musk believes the era of fighter jets is over and future warfare will be done by autonomous drones. 'Drone warfare is where the future will be. It's not that I want the future to be – it's just, this is what the future will be,' the billionaire said

'This is not something that was a risk in times past but is a risk now,' Musk said. 'I have zero doubt that if the United States doesn't seek innovation in space it will be second in space.'

Musk also believes the Chinese economy will eventually beat the US 'by at least two-fold.'

'A thing that will feel pretty strange is that the Chinese economy is probably going to be at least twice as big as the United States' economy, maybe three times,' Musk said.

'The foundation of war is economics,' Musk said.

Musk also believes that Lockheed Martin's F-35 fighter jet (pictured), is the Pentagon's most expensive weapons system, should have a competitor – and specifically a 'drone fighter plane'

Musk also believes that Lockheed Martin's F-35 fighter jet (pictured), is the Pentagon's most expensive weapons system, should have a competitor – and specifically a 'drone fighter plane'

'If you have half the resources of the counterparty then you better be real innovative, if you're not innovative, you're going to lose.'

Although many may disregard what the billionaire has to say, his words echo that of a report from the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence released last November.

The group, in the report, urges officials to developed AI-powered security and defense technologies before the US falls victim to increased cyberattacks, disinformation campaigns and the erosion of individual privacy and civil liberties.

The interim report was released in November, with the final report set to be out sometime this year.

This document is set to be handed to the US Secretary of Defense soon and includes key steps the government can take to position the US in the top spot. 

Although many may disregard what the billionaire has to say, his words echo that of a report from the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence released last November.  The group, in the report, urges officials to developed AI-powered security and defense technologies before the US falls victim to increased cyberattacks

Although many may disregard what the billionaire has to say, his words echo that of a report from the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence released last November.  The group, in the report, urges officials to developed AI-powered security and defense technologies before the US falls victim to increased cyberattacks

'We are concerned that America's role as the world's leading innovator is threatened,' wrote commission chairman (and former Google CEO) Eric Schmidt and vice chairman Robert Work in the report's introduction.

'We know strategic competitors are investing in research and applications.'

'It is only reasonable to conclude that AI-enabled capabilities could be used to threaten our critical infrastructure, amplify disinformation campaigns and wage war.'

China, which the reports names as the 'most serious strategic competitor' has declared its mission to become the world leader in Artificial Intelligence (AI) by 2030 – and has pledged to $150 billion from now until then in order to see that it happens.

China has also been found by national security and law enforcement officials that China is extracting AI knowledge and technology from the United States to undermine our strategic advantages

China has also been found by national security and law enforcement officials that China is extracting AI knowledge and technology from the United States to undermine our strategic advantages

However, the the document also highlights areas where the country is using the technology for evil and not to protect itself from foreign invaders.

China uses the technology to 'build a dystopian

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