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. They are coordinated by Tesla’s Elon Musk and Google’s Mustafa Suleyman. The group have sent an open letter to the UN calling for it to prevent the arms race that is currently under way for killer robots. The UN already recently voted to begin formal discussions on such weapons which include drones, tanks and automated machine guns.
Imagination could be dangerous
“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,” the experts warned. Another important thing to consider is the time left to take action. AI technology has reached a point where the deployment of autonomous weapons is feasible within years. The intention of the movement against killer robots development is to have such technology added to the list of weapons banned under the UN’s convention on certain conventional weapons (CCW) brought into force in 1983, which includes chemical and intentionally blinding laser weapons. Some of the world’s leading robotics and artificial intelligence pioneers are included in the group but all humans on the planet must understand the biggest risk that our time has.