Musk and Others Petition Against Weaponized AI

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Elon Musk, together with a great number of today’s leaders in the field of science and technology, has taken a public stance against AI controlled weapons.

In an open letter released by the Future of Life Institute (FLI), they expressed their call to ban weaponized artificial intelligence.

AI has the potential to do as much harms as benefits. But when applied to weaponry, they could bring forth “the third revolution in warfare, after gunpowder and nuclear arms.”

The fact that it is much more cost-efficient than traditional methods only makes AI a pressing concern.

“Unlike nuclear weapons, they require no costly or hard-to-obtain raw materials, so they will become ubiquitous and cheap for all significant military powers to mass-produce. It will only be a matter of time until they appear on the black market and in the hands of terrorists, dictators wishing to better control their populace, warlords wishing to perpetrate ethnic cleansing, etc. . . . We therefore believe that a military AI arms race would not be beneficial for humanity. There are many ways in which AI can make battlefields safer for humans, especially civilians, without creating new tools for killing people.”

A lot of high profile names join the list. Among them are Stephen Hawking and Apple Co-founder Steve Wozniak.

The letter expects that it is only a matter of years before “armed quadcaptors” could kill targets based on a predefined criteria.

The FLI is cofounded by Skype cofounder Jaal Tallinn. It recently received millions worth of donation from SpaceX CEO Elon Musk to fund its research for human-friendly AI.

You can join the petition through the link here:

http://futureoflife.org/AI/open_letter_autonomous_weapons

 

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