Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Ban Killer Robots Before They Take Over, Stephen Hawking & Elon Musk Say


UN Urged to Ban AI Based Autonomous Weapons

A new report has urged the United Nation to ban the making of artificial intelligence based autonomous weapons, already accused as `killer robots’ and the development of such types of weapons by global arms. An open letter warning against the dangers of global arms race of artificial intelligence – AI technology,has been signed by billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, physicist Stephen Hawking together with several other tech luminaries that the United Nation should support a ban on weapons which humans do not have any control over it.

The letter issued by the Future of Life organization was presented on July 27 during the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Buenos Aires, Argentina – Super-Intelligent Machine: 7 Robotic Futures. Referring to the automatic weapons, the letter reads as follow, `the key question for humanity today is whether to start a global AI arms race or to prevent it from starting.

If any major military power pushes ahead with AI weapon development, a global arms race is virtually inevitable and the endpoint of this technological trajectory is obvious, autonomous weapons will become the Kalashnikovs of tomorrow’.

Risks Greater Than Modelled Nuclear Weapons

According to the signatories, the risks could be much greater than those modelled by nuclear weapons. From self-driving cars and much more, humanity’s main tasks are being taken over by robots. The unavoidable hike of the machine has urged both ideal as well as apocalyptic vision of the future.

 Artificial intelligence researchers have in fact voiced their concerns on how innovation in this field are developing and with autonomous AI weapons like the drone planes which seek and kill people using a face recognition algorithm.

 The writers of the letter debate that the technology would be here in a few years. According to the letter while the drone fighters’ limits to battlefield casualties, these autonomous bots could probably lower the edge in initiating clashes in the first place. In addition to this, these autonomous weapons could also possibly be in the hands of practically every military power in the world due to AI based killing machines that would not be much costly or difficult to obtain resources.

AI – Hold Great Dangers

It would also not be very long for assassins, terrorist as well as other bad characters to purchase them in the black market and utilise them for despicable purposes according to the scientists. The letter further states that `autonomous weapons are ideal for tasks like assassination, destabilizing nations, subduing populations as well as selectively killing any particular ethnic group and it is believed that a military AI arms race would not be beneficial for humanity’.

It is not the first time that science as well as tech luminaires have raised their concern against the dangers of artificial intelligence. Hawking had stated that in 2014, the development of full artificial intelligence could have influenced the end of the human race. He together with Musk had signed a letter by the same organization in January cautioning that the AI tends to hold great dangers unless humanity would assure that AI systems `will do what we want them to’.

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