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!

 

Further reading:

 

 

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

 

Allowing AI to autonomously control weapon systems is madness