AI inventors call international ban on 'Killer Robots'

Many AI inventors from 26 countries around the world are calling for a ban against 'Killer Robots'.

Killer robots or autonomous weapons can identify and attack a target with no human intervention. They include armed quadcopters and drones where humans are not making the decisions, but do not include cruise missiles or remotely piloted drones. 

The letter states: ‘As companies building the technologies in AI and Robotics that may be repurposed to develop autonomous weapons, we feel especially responsible in raising this alarm. Once developed, they will permit armed conflict to be fought at a scale greater than ever, and at timescales faster than humans can comprehend. These can be weapons of terror, weapons that despots and terrorists use against innocent populations, and weapons hacked to behave in undesirable ways. Once this Pandora’s box is opened, it will be hard to close.’

But, Mary-Anne Williams, director, Disruptive Innovation, University of Technology Sydney, says, “A killer robot ban alone will not work against rogue states and terrorist groups because they do not observe bans or adhere to International law. The nature of destructive weapons is changing; they are increasingly DIY (do-it-yourself). One can 3D print a gun, launch a bomb from an off-the-shelf drone or turn ordinary cars into weapons.”

Hopefully, we won't be seeing any 'Killer Robots' anytime soon!