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Artificial Intelligence experts call for global ban on killer robots

Artificial Intelligence experts call for global ban on killer robots

Artificial Intelligence experts call for global ban on killer robots

By Keshala Dias

21 Aug, 2017 | 3:56 pm

More than 100 robotics and artificial intelligence leaders including billionaire Elon Musk are urging the United Nations to take action against the dangers of autonomous weapons, known as “killer robots.”

More than 100 leading robotics experts are urging the United Nations to take action in order to prevent the development 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.

“Lethal autonomous weapons threaten to become the third revolution in warfare. Once developed, they will permit armed conflict to be fought at a scale greater than ever, and at timescales faster than humans can comprehend,” the experts warn in an open letter released Monday.

“These can be weapons of terror, weapons that despots and terrorists use against innocent populations, and weapons hacked to behave in undesirable ways,” the letter says.

In 2015 as well, more than 1,000 tech experts, scientists and researchers wrote a letter warning about the dangers of autonomous weaponry. Among the signatories of the 2015 letter were scientist Stephen Hawking, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and Elon Musk.