‘Killer robots’ with AI must be banned, urge Stephen Hawking, Noam Chomsky and thousands of others in open letter – DOUG BOLTON Monday 27 July 2015


The letter claims that totally autonomous killing machines could become a reality within 'years, not decades'

The letter claims that totally autonomous killing machines could become a reality within ‘years, not decades’

More than 1,000 robotics experts and artificial intelligence (AI) researchers – including physicist Stephen Hawking, technologist Elon Musk, and philosopher Noam Chomsky – have signed an open letter calling for a ban on “offensive autonomous weapons”, or as they are better known, ‘killer robots’.

Other signatories include Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, and hundreds of AI and robotics researcher from top-flight universities and laboratories worldwide.

The letter, put together by the Future of Life Institute, a group that works to mitigate “existential risks facing humanity”, warns of the danger of starting a “military AI arms race”.

These robotic weapons may include armed drones that can search for and kill certain people based on their programming, the next step from the current generation of drones, which are flown by humans who are often thousands of miles away from the warzone.

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