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Read the Letter 1,000 Artificial Intelligence Experts Have Signed

'The endpoint of this technological trajectory is obvious: autonomous weapons will become the Kalashnikovs of tomorrow.' 
(Screenshot/YouTube)
'The endpoint of this technological trajectory is obvious: autonomous weapons will become the Kalashnikovs of tomorrow.' (Screenshot/YouTube)

An open letter that warns of a “military artificial intelligence arms race” has been signed by over 1,000 high-profile artificial intelligence experts and leading researchers, and calls for a ban on a “military artificial intelligence arms race.”

Presented at the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the letter was signed by Professor Stephen Hawking, Google DeepMind CEO Demis Hassabis, Tesla’s Elon Musk, and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. There are also over 1,000 signatures from AI and robotics researchers.

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According to the ABC, Professor Hawking has previously warned that the development of AI could mean the end of the human race, telling the BBC last year: “Once humans develop artificial intelligence, it would take off on its own and re-design itself at an ever increasing rate. Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn’t compete and would be superseded.”

Professor Toby Walsh from the Future of Life Institute said: “Many of the leading scientists in our field have put their names to this cause.

“We hope to bring awareness to a dire subject that, without a doubt, will have a vicious impact on the whole of mankind.

“We can get it right at this early stage, or we can stand idly by and witness the birth of a new era of warfare.

“Frankly, that’s not something many of us want to see.

“Our call to action is simple—ban offensive autonomous weapons, and in doing so, securing a safe future for us all,” according to the Daily Mail.

Why you shouldn’t fear artificial intelligence:

In the strongly-worded letter, it calls for an outright ban on “offensive autonomous weapons beyond meaningful human control” that would prevent a global AI arms race.

The experts have also pointed out that AI weapons do not require costly or hard-to-obtain raw materials.

The letter also states that AI technology has reached a point where the deployment of such systems is feasible within years, rather than decades. This makes it only a matter of time before these weapons start to appear on the black market, where dictators, warlords, and even terrorists will be able to obtain them.

Artificial Intelligence—The Future 2015:

“The endpoint of this technological trajectory is obvious: autonomous weapons will become the Kalashnikovs of tomorrow. The key question for humanity today is whether to start a global AI arms race or to prevent it from starting,” said the authors.

The open letter

Autonomous Weapons: An Open Letter from AI & Robotics Researchers

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