Not too long ago I made a post in against certain governments wanting to allow automated robots to pull the trigger in weapon systems.
|UK opposes international ban on developing ‘killer robots’ | Politics | The Guardian Activists urge bar on weapons that launch attacks without human intervention as UN discusses future of autonomous weapons|
Although the benefits of such a system are obvious: not needing to injure your own forces, a higher capacity and effect on the battle field – the disadvantages are truly worrying. Not only do we have risks for bugs – or false positives (where it shoots first and it later turns out to be a civilian casualty) but there’s also the question of liability for these mistakes. We also have the very real existential threat which many technical innovators are warning for:
|Hawking, Musk Warn Of ‘Virtually Inevitable’ AI Arms Race | TechCrunch Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and over 1,000 AI and robotics researchers have signed a letter suggesting a ban on AI warfare, warning of the potential for..|
Every loss of life needs to come as a conscious decision where somebody is pulling the trigger. Leaving it to machines which (at least the coming ten years) have little assessment of the consequences should not be an option!
|UN urged to ban ‘killer robots’ before they can be developed | Science | The Guardian Fully autonomous weapons should be banned by international treaty, says a report by Human Rights Watch and Harvard Law School|