AI News, AI Researchers Create Video to Call for Autonomous Weapons Ban at UN

AI Researchers Create Video to Call for Autonomous Weapons Ban at UN

In response to growing concerns about autonomous weapons, a coalition of AI researchers and advocacy organizations released a fictitious video on Monday that depicts a disturbing future in which lethal autonomous weapons have become cheap and ubiquitous.

Rather we see an urgent need to prevent automation of the critical functions for selecting targets and applying violent force without human deliberation and to ensure meaningful human control for every attack.” Drone technology today is very close to having fully autonomous capabilities.

And many of the world’s leading AI researchers worry that if these autonomous weapons are ever developed, they could dramatically lower the threshold for armed conflict, ease and cheapen the taking of human life, empower terrorists, and create global instability.

Max Tegmark, MIT Professor and co-founder of the Future of Life Institute, points out, “People’s knee-jerk reaction that bans can’t help isn’t historically accurate: the bioweapon ban created such a powerful stigma that, despite treaty cheating, we have almost no bioterror attacks today and almost all biotech funding is civilian.” As Toby Walsh, an AI professor at the University of New South Wales, argues: “The academic community has sent a clear and consistent message.

“Ban Killer Robots” – AI Experts Urge Governments

33 128 14 SHARES 175 Two open letters have been sent by Artificial Intelligence experts to the Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, which was signed by 122 AI researchers, and to the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, which had 216 signatures on it.

Lethal autonomous weapons systems that remove meaningful human control from determining the legitimacy of targets and deploying lethal force sit on the wrong side of a clear moral line.” The Australian letter was organised by Professor Toby Walsh, who said: “This is not only a fundamental issue of human rights.

We must add autonomous weapons to the list of weapons that are morally unacceptable to use.” Both of the letters ask the leaders to call for this ban at the upcoming United Nations Conference on the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW)”, which is set to take place at the United Nations later this month.

Hundreds of A.I. experts echo Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking in call for a ban on killer robots

Scientists who understand the potential of artificial intelligence have a significant fear: killer robots, also known as autonomous weapons.

Monday, the famous physicist Stephen Hawking warned of the importance of regulating artificial intelligence: 'Unless we learn how to prepare for, and avoid, the potential risks, AI could be the worst event in the history of our civilization.

The evolution of classical AI, bolstered by rapid advances in machine learning, has revived the ambitions of the AI community to build machines that can carry out complex operations with or without human oversight or intervention,' the Canadian community's letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says.

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