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Lethal autonomous robots
marymary100 - 20-8-2017 at 20:04


Some of the world’s leading robotics and artificial intelligence pioneers are calling on the United Nations to ban the development and use of killer robots.
Tesla’s Elon Musk and Google’s Mustafa Suleyman are leading a group of 116 specialists from across 26 countries who are calling for the ban on autonomous weapons.
The UN recently voted to begin formal discussions on such weapons which include drones, tanks and automated machine guns. Ahead of this, the group of founders of AI and robotics companies have sent an open letter to the UN calling for it to prevent the arms race that is currently under way for killer robots.
In their letter, the founders warn the review conference of the convention on conventional weapons that this arms race threatens to usher in the “third revolution in warfare” after gunpowder and nuclear arms.
The founders wrote: “Once developed, lethal autonomous weapons will permit armed conflict to be fought at a scale greater than ever, and at timescales faster than humans can comprehend. These can be weapons of terror, weapons that despots and terrorists use against innocent populations, and weapons hacked to behave in undesirable ways.
“We do not have long to act. Once this Pandora’s box is opened, it will be hard to close.”

Elon Musk et al

Are they right?

JackInCT - 20-8-2017 at 20:20

Originally posted by marymary100
....to ban the development and use of killer robots....

And Ladies and Gentleman, the enforcer(s) would be....May I have the envelope please!

LSemmens - 21-8-2017 at 02:22

Sadly, I think that it is inevitable. Regardless of what the civilised world do, there will be those who choose to ignore common convention. Look at the Nuclear arms race. I suspect that autonomous weapons may become the next nuclear weapon, albeit, without the same "long term" collateral damage of radioactive fall out of the nuclear "solution". I would hope that there will be the same sort of rules that do inhibit the Nuclear option with autonomous weapons, but I don't think so. We already use them. Most ICBMs and other guided weapons systems are largely autonomous once given their target.