The development of killer robots is something that we need to worry about now. Many of the Silicon Valley’s elite, such as Elon Musk and Steve Wozniak have expressed their concern before. Last year, both of them signed a letter urging the United Nations to lift the issue, demanding a ban on the production of such deadly autonomous weapons.
Besides Musk and Wozniak, over 1,000 scientists including Stephen Hawking, Google Director of Research Peter Norvig, Microsoft Managing Director Eric Horvitz, and University of California-Berkeley computer scientist Stuart Russell signed the letter calling for a ban on deadly autonomous weapons. And the good news is UN has finally decided to formally tackle this killer robots issue.
International Convention on Conventional Weapons in Geneva
Yesterday, the 123 nations that are part of the international Convention on Conventional Weapons voted to create a group of governmental experts to look at lethal autonomous robots in 2017, at the International Convention on Conventional Weapons in Geneva.
China bragged that it was including artificial intelligence to cruise missiles this summer. However, for the first time, this nation said in Geneva that it too sees the necessity of a new international forum on killer robots.
“The governments meeting in Geneva took an important step toward stemming the development of killer robots, but there is no time to lose,” said Steve Goose, arms director at Human Rights Watch, a co-founder of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots. “Once these weapons exist, there will be no stopping them. The time to act on a pre-emptive ban is now.”
Ambassador Amandeep Singh Gill, disarmament representative of India will lead the killer robots initiative in 2017.