Experts have been warning us about the devastating effect of the rise of artificial intelligence for such a long time. According to them, AI technology has already reached a point where the autonomous weapons could be deployed within a year, rather than a decade. While it could be a great option for the military personnel, there’s a concern that weapons that can control them could be proved dangerous for the entire mankind.
Considering the fact, Elon Musk, Google DeepMind co-founder Mustafa Suleyman and 114 other leading robotics and AI experts have joined together to call on the UN to ban the development and use of killer robots, adding them to a list of “morally wrong” weapons including chemical weapons and blinding lasers.
In an open letter, the group showed their concern about the potential use of lethal autonomous weapons in the future. The letter was made public at the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI) in Melbourne, urging the swift action against those killer robots to save the human life.
The letter says:
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.
This concern is nothing new. Both Stephen Hawking, the well-known British astrophysicist and Elon Musk are well known for regularly warning about the dangers of AI, particularly about the rise of the killer robots. Especially, Elon Musk has been outspoken about the disastrous effect of artificial intelligence. However, joining the force with other experts surely has made the statement stronger. Let’s just hope that the UN listens to them.