21 Agosto 2017 11:24
Such advancements in technology could be devastatingThe world is becoming more dystopian by the second, so much so that you might think Terminator or Independence Day could actually become a reality.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk and other leading robotics and artificial intelligence pioneers are lobbying the United Nations to ban the development or utilisation of autonomous weapons, a.k.a killer robots.A group of 116 specialists from 26 different countries have sent an open letter to the UN warning against the arms race currently underway for these kinds of weapons, which include tanks, drones and automated machine guns. The letter calling for the prohibition of autonomous weapons, led by Musk and Alphabet’s Mustafa Suleyman, reads: ‘Once developed, they 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. We do not have long to act. Once this Pandora’s box is opened, it will be hard to close.’ Musk has been on a personal mission to ensure the future of tomorrow is compatible with human prosperity and progress. He has donated millions of dollars to fund research that explores the ways artificial intelligence can be used for good rather than destruction. Part of his donations went towards the creation of the Future of Life Institute. Artificial intelligence development creates both possibility and problems, and the robotics leaders’ call to halt the development of weapons has reignited to debate about the moral responsibility of those interested in expanding military technology.
While on the one hand such advancements would minimise the risk of military personnel in war, the risk of weapons operating on their own and being hacked for other purposes could result in a greater loss of human life.