Science-fiction thrillers, like the 1980s classic film The Terminator, illuminate our imaginations, but they also stoke fears about autonomous, intelligent killer robots eradicating the human race. And while this scenario might seem far-fetched, last year, over 100 robotics and artificial intelligence technology leaders, including Elon Musk and Google's DeepMind co-founder Mustafa Suleyman, issued a warning about the risks posed by super-intelligent machines. In an open letter to the UN Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons, the signatories said that once developed, killer robots -- weapons designed to operate autonomously on the battlefield -- "will permit armed conflict to be fought at a scale greater than ever, and at timescales faster than humans can comprehend." The letter states: "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.
Apr-22-2018, 00:15:53 GMT