killer-robots ARE REAL

Autonomous Killer Robots ARE REAL

DEFINITION of “Autonomous” = acting independently or having the freedom to do so. Self-governing; Independent; Without rule.

They’ve been argued on the floor of the United Nations & there’s an international organization to stop their progress:

Military funding for development has increased and some of the country’s smartest people are cautiously issuing warnings.

Are the dystopian futures portrayed by countless Science Fiction books and movies–where humankind is taken over by the machines it created–coming true?

The moral & ethical implications are considerable as we contemplate a future with consequences made by decision makers.

Use the links below to investigate further:

NEW:  August 2017, Elon Musk writes open letter to the United Nations Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons

Pull the Plug on Killer Robots

Killer robots will leave humans ‘utterly defenseless’ warns professor
Robots, called LAWS – lethal autonomous weapons systems – will be able to kill without human intervention

Military Joint Ground Robot Programs Face Increased Scrutiny

UN meeting targets ‘killer robots’

The Pentagon’s Robots: Arming the Future

Killer robots a small step away and must be outlawed, says top UN official

Future Military Robots

Scientists Debate Killer Robots at U.N. Conference

Killer Robots Are Coming – We Need To Stop Them

Robotics: Ethics of artificial intelligence [27 May 2015]
Four leading researchers share their concerns and solutions for reducing societal risks from intelligent machines.

Elon Musk has nightmares about A.I. (2016.1.11)

Bill Gates: I think we do need to worry about artificial intelligence

Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems = Killer Robots

Autonomous weapons systems select and engage targets without human intervention; they become lethal when those targets include humans.

LAWS might include, for example, armed quadcopters that can search for and eliminate enemy combatants in a city, but do not include cruise missiles or remotely piloted drones for which humans make all targeting decisions.

The artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics communities face an important ethical decision: whether to support or oppose the development of lethal autonomous weapons systems (LAWS).

The UN has held three major meetings in Geneva under the auspices of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons, or CCW, to discuss the possibility of a treaty banning autonomous weapons. There is at present broad agreement on the need for “meaningful human control” over selection of targets and decisions to apply deadly force.

Much work remains to be done on refining the necessary definitions and identifying exactly what should or should not be included in any proposed treaty.

Meanwhile, technology moves on. For example, the DARPA CODE program (Collaborative Operations in Denied Environments) is described by its program manager as developing aerial vehicles that operate “just as wolves hunt in coordinated packs with minimal communication”.

Autonomous weapons, which use artificial intelligence to select targets without human intervention, have been described as “the third revolution in warfare, after gunpowder and nuclear arms”, about 1,000 scientists, academics and entrepreneurs wrote in an open letter.

Musk, Wozniak Join Top AI Researchers in Call for Ban on Killer Robots

“The deployment of such systems is – practically if not legally – feasible within YEARS, not decades,” the letter said.

Hawking and Wozniak issue warning over ‘killer robots’

Killer Robots & Autonomous Lethal Weapons Resources– Media, Publications, etc.

List SOURCE: Stuart Russell