Killer AI robots are omnipresent in sci-fi movies. We’re all familiar with this scenario: the Army builds massive AI-powered robots that wreak havoc and threaten to wipe out mankind.
We’re still a long way from building that kind of autonomous AI killer robots, but experts already warn that we should actually never aim to build such killing machines.
AI and robotics experts urge the UN to ban killer robots
AI experts fear that killer robots may start a third revolution in warfare and we can’t yet fully understand the subsequent consequences.
Lethal autonomous weapons threaten to become the third revolution in warfare. 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.
Experts agree that AI weapons are morally wrong and should be strictly regulated. Some may say that this apocalyptic AI war scenario is only a hypothetical one. However, experts strongly argue that this is actually a very real and very pressing concern. Indeed, there are many manifestations of AI which still remain in the realm of science fiction, but autonomous weapons systems are on the cusp of development and have a very real potential to cause significant harm to innocent people along with global instability.
AI lethal weapons do exist
The world’s superpowers are already developing lethal AI weapons, and they even deployed many of these systems on the battlefield. These machines can identify and attack targets without the intervention of human operators.
AI-powered weapons are already a high priority on the agenda of many military superpowers. These countries allocate billions of dollars every year on AI weapon research.
All in all, as we stated in a previous article, AI is not inherently dangerous. It all depends on how humans decide to harness the huge potential of this technology.
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