Experts Warn of Third Revolution in Warfare – Killer Robots

Posted by at 2:32 pm on August 21, 2017

116 leading robotics experts are urging the United Nations to take action in order to prevent the development of “killer robots”.

The signers of the letter are calling for what they describe as “morally wrong” technology to be added to the list of weapons banned under the UN Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW).

Along with Tesla┬áco-founder and chief executive Mr Musk, the technology leaders include Mustafa Suleyman, Google’s DeepMind co-founder.

In a letter to the organisation, artificial intelligence (AI) leaders, including billionaire Elon Musk, warn of “a 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 letter says.

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

The letter also says “lethal autonomous” technology is a “Pandora’s box”, adding that time is of the essence.

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