'Holy Sh*t!': Palantir CEO Says Risk Of Nuclear War Is 20%-30%

Zinger Key Points
  • Every large nation in the world is reevaluating its capabilities in the wake of the Russia-Ukraine war, says Palantir CEO Alex Karp.
  • "We are in very difficult times."

Palantir Technologies Inc PLTR CEO Alex Karp issued a wake-up call Tuesday morning for those sleeping on the threat of nuclear war. 

What Happened: In an interview on CNBC's "Squawk Box," Karp warned that we are underestimating the risk of nuclear warfare. 

"One of the reasons we underestimate the risk is we've had, since World War II, a system that's functioned ... and people believe that system will override and it will be rational, but we're now in a moment where the system actually flips and there are just moments of complete irrationality," Karp explained.

Why It Matters: Russia's invasion of Ukraine is an irrational act, which adds to the risk of escalation. The defense system has worked in the past, which creates a sense of safety, but Karp suggested the world is far from safe. 

"I think most people think the risk [of nuclear war] is like below 1%, of course it depends on the duration. So, if you have a long duration, I think the risk is ... probably in the 20-, 30% range," he said.

Every large nation in the world is reevaluating its capabilities in the wake of the Russia-Ukraine war, Karp said: "The lesson for every big country is holy sh*t!"

Nations are going to realize that they aren't as protected as they think and if adversaries are willing to fight with resolve and heroism and are able to use software to interpret data, our enemies "might actually be able to beat us," Karp said.

"We are in very difficult times," he said. "Palantir is built for difficult times."

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PLTR Price Action: Palantir has traded between $6.44 and $29.29 over a 52-week period.

The stock was down 5.18% at $7.60 late Tuesday morning, according to data from Benzinga Pro.

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