AI predicts eight ways WW3 could start…

ARTIFICIAL Intelligence has predicted the chilling factors that could spark an apocalyptic World War Three – changing the world as we know it.

ChatGPT revealed eight horrific scenarios that could force world leaders to wage wars across the globe – leading to the deaths of millions.


AI has revealed the eight horrific scenarios that could lead to World War ThreeCredit: Getty


Putin’s invasion of Ukraine has put everyone at risk of a third World WarCredit: Getty


Xi Jinping’s territorial disputes in the South China Sea could potentially lead to a massive international conflictCredit: AFP


An Israeli army tank rolling alongside the border with the Gaza Strip during the Israel-Hamas warCredit: AFP

The Sun gave ChatGPT a prompt and asked what could possibly lead to a third global war.

The AI – which runs on advanced machine learning – predicted eight different factors which could cause the situation to spiral out of control.

ChatGPT started its predictions by saying: “It’s important to note that this is purely speculative, and real-world events are influenced by numerous unpredictable variables.”

The clever bot added: “The goal should always be to promote peaceful resolutions and international cooperation to prevent the outbreak of global conflicts.

“In reality, the international community generally works towards diplomatic solutions and conflict prevention.”

It then, however, offered a fascinating list of factors that could contribute to the outbreak of a global conflict.

ChatGPT wrote: “In a hypothetical scenario, World War 3 could potentially start due to a combination of complex geopolitical, economic, and social factors.”


The wars in Ukraine and Gaza, as well as the rising tensions in Korea and China are often described as territorial disputes at their core.

Over the years they have become more and more complex – but the fight over land both sides claim is theirs has grown bloody.

ChatGPT believes if these disputes over land continue to escalate it could tip the scales just enough to spark another world war – or even several around the globe.

China’s illegal claim over Taiwan is one such instance that could see sparks fly.

The communist regime could launch a full-blown invasion to absorb Taiwan into the Chinese mainland.

Beijing has already threatened to spark “uncontrolled escalation” and all-out warfare over one “misunderstanding”, as President Xi Jinping looks to stamp his authority.

The nation is feared to be a major flashpoint between the US and Beijing – with a potential invasion forcing the US to abandon the island or face a full-scale war with China, which could have devastating consequences including World War Three.


According to the ChatGPT, the rise of nationalist or populist leaders promoting aggressive foreign policies might contribute to increased tensions and breakdowns in peaceful communication.

Nationalism contributed to the major alliances in the 20th century that played a role in World War One – France and Russia felt insecure about the rise of Germany and teamed up, while the Ottoman Empire felt intimidated by Russia and ended up siding with Germany.

In the current climate, America – the world superpower – feels threatened by the rise of China, fearing it could become the next great power of the world.

This has resulted in hostile relations between the two nations which could, in a worst case scenario, turn into a major war.

Similarly, Russian insecurity around NATO – a military alliance of very powerful countries around the globe – could be dangerous.

In the increasing hostile situation, America and Europe will see themselves as allies working against regimes like North Korea, China and Russia.

ChatGPT argues that populist leaders could undermine international institutions and alliances, weakening the mechanisms in place for diplomatic resolutions and cooperation.

This can result in a lack of effective communication and collaboration, increasing the chances of misunderstandings and conflicts.


ChatGPT says repeated failures in diplomatic efforts to resolve international conflicts could erode trust between nations and create a hostile environment.

Putin’s illegal invasion of Ukraine occurred despite the West’s diplomatic efforts to stop it.

 And Israel’s military response to Hamas’ horrific October 7 attacks escalated even after repeated efforts of international players trying to tackle the situation diplomatically.

Failed diplomacy in more vulnerable situations that involve greater risks could lead to major cross-border conflicts with millions dying across the globe.


A race for advanced military tech, such as artificial intelligence, autonomous weapons, or advanced weaponry, could lead to another arms race.

If a country thinks another’s technological advancements pose a potential threat, it could respond by increasing its own military capabilities, inadvertently escalating tensions.

The Nuclear Arms Race in the 20th century between the US and the USSR sparked the Cold War – and an apocalyptic conflict between the two superpowers almost became a reality.

ChatGPT also believes that fears of falling behind in technology might lead nations to attack each other out of fear.


Ongoing regional conflicts where major powers are working as sponsors could escalate into broader wars, pulling more nations into the fray, the AI has warned.

According to ChatGPT, stakeholders could leverage proxy groups and other sponsors to cause major war flashpoints.

Since the beginning of the Israel-Hamas war, Iran has been fostering terrorism to create conflict in the Middle East through its proxy groups such as Hezbollah and the Houthis.

This forced major world powers such as the UK and the US to join the conflict, increasing fears that the regional situation could turn into an all-out war.


ChatGPT suggests that intense competition for essential resources, such as water, oil, or rare minerals, could also be very dangerous.

According to the AI chatbot, conflicts over natural resources arise when different nations can’t agree about who they belong to, where they should be sent, how to protect them and how to use them.

The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) reports that at least 40 per cent of all intrastate conflicts (conflicts between countries) in the past 60 years have had a link to natural resources.

And the AI believes it could trigger major cross-border conflicts in the future.


A severe global economic crisis would also create instability and trigger political unrest, potentially leading to conflicts as nations struggle to secure their interests, the AI bot claims.

The chatbot also argues that the prolonged economic crisis in the era of globalisation could be enough reason for nations to resort to military operations.

According to the World Economic Forum, the next big international economic crisis, such as a global recession, could well spark World War Three.


ChatGPT believes that escalating cyber attacks could lead to widespread distrust and retaliation among nations, escalating into a full-scale war.

At times like these when generative AI could be easily leveraged to create widespread propaganda, cyber warfare remains one the biggest threat to world peace.

Nations engaged in ongoing conflicts could deploy intense propaganda against the rival state and could severely escalate the situation, which could attract other ally nations and turn into a major global war.

What makes cyber warfare even more dangerous is that such digital attacks don’t have to be state-sponsored – and even players not involved in conflicts could leverage propaganda warfare to spark tensions between other countries.

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