Musk and Hawking lead 1,000 strong call for AI weapons ban
The murderous aims of Skynet in the Terminator series of movies are pretty well known, so you’d think that nations might be a little cautious about working towards a fully automated …
“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.
Unlike nuclear weapons, they require no costly or hard-to-obtain raw materials, so they will become ubiquitous and cheap for all significant military powers to mass-produce. It will only be a matter of time until they appear on the black market and in the hands of terrorists, dictators wishing to better control their populace, warlords wishing to perpetrate ethnic cleansing, etc.”
Sadly, the US will probably be the first to really push into this territory. Making weapons seems to be our M.O.
Travis Owens says
Believing the AI singularity will end humanity is as absurd as the fears of the early 1900s (ex: going faster than 20mph will suck the air out of your lungs). But I do agree with not giving AI access to weapons. AI shouldn't be allowed to take a life.
Paul Spoerry says
WOW… thanks to +Oren Montano for pointing out that South Korea already has AI guns on the Korean DMZ.
West Kagle says
This is what I have eluded to before. Governments would love to take the human out of the population control scenario (including our own). That way there is no issue when the order to fire on their own people comes down.