Military robots are becoming increasingly capable for use in a range of applications, including cargo transport, search and rescue, bomb disposal and more. But should they be used as autonomous weapons? Over a thousand of the world’s leading scientists, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders have signed a letter expressing clear opposition to that idea. The letter, published by the Future of Life Institute describes the many dangers of using AI weapons on the battlefield and why their development and use should be avoided.
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“‘Killer robots’ are currently the subject of much debate and have recently been discussed by committees at the United Nations, which is considering the potential for a ban on certain types of autonomous weapons. Now, the experts have called for a specific ban on the use of artificial intelligence to manage weapons that would be ‘beyond meaningful human control. […] Just as most chemists and biologists have no interest in building chemical or biological weapons, most AI researchers have no interest in building AI weapons – and do not want others to tarnish their field by doing so,’ they add.”
Considering the potential harm autonomous weapons could do if they were used for nefarious purposes or became available on the black market, do you think this is a wise call? Is the scientific community making the right move in supporting an AI weapons ban?
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