* Elon Musk and 115 other leaders of AI and Robotic companies have penned an open-letter calling on UN to ban the development of autonomous weapons
* UN recently voted to begin formal discussion on autonomous weapons such as AI-controlled drones, tanks and automated machine guns
* Musk has often been criticised for his warning about AI.
Tesla CEO and Space X founder, Elon Musk joins 115 other experts from 26 countries calling for the ban of ‘killer robots.’ Musk in an open-letter described the use of “lethal autonomous weapons” as a “Pandora’s box” that will be difficult to shut once open.
Ahead of UN’s recent voted to begin formal discussion on autonomous weapons such as AI-controlled drones, tanks and automated machine guns, Musk described AI as the “greatest threat we face as a civilisation.” He now joins forces with a group of founders of AI and Robotic companies around the world to pen a letter to the UN – calling for it to prevent the race to develop killer robots.
According to the letter obtained by Mashable, Musk and others said:
“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.”
Russia and US are two among a handful of countries that are currently developing tanks that can be remotely-controlled as well as operate autonomously.
Musk for one has been very vocal about the threat of AI and has repeatedly called for proactive regulations to be put in place even for AI and Robotic applications that are non-military. These warnings have drawn often criticisms from others. Recently Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg launched a thinly-veiled criticism at Musk by describing people who warn of “doomsday scenario” regarding AI as “pretty irresponsible.” His comment prompted Musk to fire back on Twitter, describing Zuckerberg’s understanding of AI as “limited.”
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