Experts write UN over development of ‘killer robots’

More than 100 leading robotics experts are urging the United Nations to take action in order to prevent the development of “killer robots”.

In a letter to the UN, Artificial Intelligence (AI) leaders, including billionaire Elon Musk, warn of “a third revolution in warfare”

The 116 experts warn that killer robots can be weapons of terror, weapons that despots and terrorists can use against innocent populations, or hacked to behave in undesirable ways.

In 2015, more than 1,000 tech experts, scientists and researchers wrote a letter warning about the dangers of autonomous weaponry.

Killer robot is a fully autonomous weapon that can select and engage targets without human intervention. They do not currently exist but advances in technology are bringing them closer to reality.

“Once developed, they will permit armed conflict to be fought at a scale greater than ever, and at timescales faster than humans can comprehend,” the letter said.

The technology leaders warned that “we do not have long to act. Once this Pandora’s box is opened, it will be hard to close.”

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