Elon Musk And Over 100 AI Experts Are Urging The UN to Ban Killer Robots


B00Mer
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Elon Musk And Over 100 AI Experts Are Urging The UN to Ban Killer Robots



Elon Musk and more than 100 leaders and experts in artificial intelligence (AI) have come together urging the UN to commit to an outright ban on killer robot technology.

An open letter signed by Musk, Google Deepmind's Mustafa Suleyman, and 114 other AI and robotics specialists urges the UN to prevent "the third revolution in warfare" by banning the development of all lethal autonomous weapon systems.

The open letter, released to coincide with the world's largest conference on AI – IJCAI 2017, which is taking place in Melbourne, Australia this week – warns of a near future where independent machines will be able to choose and engage their own targets, including innocent humans in addition to enemy combatants.

"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 consortium writes.

"These can be weapons of terror, weapons that despots and terrorists use against innocent populations, and weapons hacked to behave in undesirable ways."

It's not the first time Musk and those of his world view have united to draw attention to the threat autonomous weapons pose to humanity.

The SpaceX and Tesla chief is also behind OpenAI, a nonprofit devoted to advancing ethical AI research.

But despite the concerns AI experts are voicing, ongoing delays in developing an effective ban against autonomous weapons have led some to fear the dangers could be beyond regulation, especially given the rapid pace at which AI systems are developing.

"We do not have long to act," the open letter reads. "Once this Pandora's box is opened, it will be hard to close."

The "third revolution" to which the campaigners refer positions killer robots as a kind of technological successor to the historical developments of gunpowder and nuclear weaponry – innovations that haven't exactly improved the world we live in.

While the new letter isn't the first instance where experts have leveraged IJCAI to make their point, it is the first time that representatives of AI and robotics companies – from some 26 countries – have made a joint stand on the issue, joining the ranks of independent researchers including Stephen Hawking, Noam Chomsky, and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.

"The number of prominent companies and individuals who have signed this letter reinforces our warning that this is not a hypothetical scenario, but a very real, very pressing concern which needs immediate action," says the founder of Clearpath Robotics, Ryan Gariepy.

"We should not lose sight of the fact that, unlike other potential manifestations of AI which still remain in the realm of science fiction, autonomous weapons systems are on the cusp of development right now."

That last point is one that should be emphasised. While the ultimate nightmare of autonomous weapon systems could be a future populated with T–800s like the one at the top of this page, the reality is that AI-based killing machines are already a thing.

Autonomous or semi-autonomous capability is increasingly being built into weapons like the Samsung SGR-A1 sentry gun, the BAE Systems Taranis drone, and DARPA's Sea Hunter submarine.

In other words, the technological seeds of tomorrow's killer robots are already in existence on land, sea, and air – and effective laws to regulate these lethal machines (and the industry that's hell-bent on making them) haven't yet been written down.

Well, there's no time like the present.

"Nearly every technology can be used for good and bad, and artificial intelligence is no different," says AI researcher Toby Walsh from Australia's UNSW, one of the organisers of IJCAI 2017.

"It can help tackle many of the pressing problems facing society today… [h]owever, the same technology can also be used in autonomous weapons to industrialise war. We need to make decisions today choosing which of these futures we want."

Elon Musk and over 100 AI experts are urging the UN to ban killer robots - ScienceAlert
 
Johnnny
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Theres not going to be a war like in the "Matrix" or "The Terminator".

This is whats going to happen and people in the future can quote me on this.

In the future people are going to be augmented with computers in their brains. You know like having mini processors to increase thinking power and IQ, memory chips to increase their knowledge base, you know that kind of stuff.

When TRUE AI becomes self-aware it will "hijack" everyones brain and turn all of humanity into its drones.

Its going to be called "The Awakening"
Last edited by Johnnny; Aug 21st, 2017 at 05:17 PM..
 
Walter
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Whenever you see the word expert describing someone you know that they know dick about the subject.
 
Curious Cdn
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Elon Musk And Over 100 AI Experts Are Urging The UN to Ban Killer Robots

Skynet will get them all before they get to meet ... mysterious deaths ... car "accidents", high voltage wiring mistakes ... plane crashes.
 
Tecumsehsbones
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The very fact that Musk & the Muskrats seem to think the UN can do anything beyond designing a moderately attractive Christmas card just demonstrates that this idea is the product of too many artisinal beers at a bad movie marathon.
 
B00Mer
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DARPA may have other ideas..

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Danbones
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Man is just building his own replacement...
smart!
 
B00Mer
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Quote: Originally Posted by Danbones View Post

Man is just building his own replacement...
smart!



Assimilation is inevitable....

 
Bar Sinister
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Quote: Originally Posted by Johnnny View Post

Theres not going to be a war like in the "Matrix" or "The Terminator".

This is whats going to happen and people in the future can quote me on this.

In the future people are going to be augmented with computers in their brains. You know like having mini processors to increase thinking power and IQ, memory chips to increase their knowledge base, you know that kind of stuff.

When TRUE AI becomes self-aware it will "hijack" everyones brain and turn all of humanity into its drones.

Its going to be called "The Awakening"

There are a number of Sci-fi novels postulating that idea. However, there is no AI takeover, instead humans us the electronic extension of their brains to simply become better at what they do. I expect that is a more realistic scenario.
 
10larry
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These lil guys can think for themselves, hackers and digital slueths will become the most sought after guys on the globe til AI makes them superfluous.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/60-minu...-technology-2/
 
Cliffy
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We are already living in the Matrix. We are slaves to our machinery: cars, washing machines, dryers, etc. which also makes us slaves to the debts we accumulate to buy and maintain those machines. Everything from TV, News, politics and street theater like Charlottesville are just there to keep you distracted enough that you don't notice that you are slaves to The Machine.
Last edited by Cliffy; Aug 21st, 2017 at 10:26 PM..
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by Bar Sinister View Post

There are a number of Sci-fi novels postulating that idea. However, there is no AI takeover, instead humans us the electronic extension of their brains to simply become better at what they do. I expect that is a more realistic scenario.

Arguably the best of them is the "WWW" trilogy by Robert Sawyer (a Canadian author). A key moment is when Webmind points out that it doesn't intend to wipe out humans because:

1. Webmind finds humans interesting and doesn't want to be alone.

2. Webmind wouldn't survive long without humans to maintain its infrastructure.

3. Most importantly, Webmind has neither the hormonally-based aggression nor the deep-rooted neurotic fear that motivates much of human behaviour.

What does it say about a person that the person believes anything new or different is a threat or an enemy?
 
Curious Cdn
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It means that we had better not encounter extraterrestrials because we have no idea how to behave.
 
Danbones
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Well, In reality the computer run trading systems are doing a great job of screwing all but their owners out of the stock market...much like robots are expected to put most on welfare over the next twenty years ( like replacing all the 15 dollar an hour minimum wage receivers the Lie barrels brag about creating at the about to be robotisized mcDs...which really can't, don't, and won't exist.)

Dying because computers took your job, and starvation has set in, sounds like a great liebarrel way to go...
for liebarrels


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Yup, starvation because computers took yer job...
Last edited by Danbones; Aug 22nd, 2017 at 06:20 AM..
 
Bar Sinister
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Quote: Originally Posted by Tecumsehsbones View Post

Arguably the best of them is the "WWW" trilogy by Robert Sawyer (a Canadian author). A key moment is when Webmind points out that it doesn't intend to wipe out humans because:

1. Webmind finds humans interesting and doesn't want to be alone.

2. Webmind wouldn't survive long without humans to maintain its infrastructure.

3. Most importantly, Webmind has neither the hormonally-based aggression nor the deep-rooted neurotic fear that motivates much of human behaviour.

What does it say about a person that the person believes anything new or different is a threat or an enemy?

My reference was to the Skolian Empire series by Catherine Asaro (an American author). She won a Nebula Award for one of the novels in the series, but they are all very well written.