With exponential leaps in AI and technological advances, so come new questions that must be asked such as how do we create new laws in order to meet the ever-increasing threat of autonomous weapons?
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That is exactly what a coalition of AI researchers and advocacy organizations are asking and why they released a video demonstrating the lethal abilities of what commercially available technology is theoretically capable of already.
The eerie video was launched in Geneva where it was presented by AI researcher Stuart Russell to demonstrate how close to having fully autonomous capabilities drone technology is today.
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Along with the United Nations Convention on Conventional Weapons hosted in Geneva by the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, 100 Australian scientists and 200 Canadian scientists sent open letters to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Malcolm Turnbull asking them to support a ban on autonomous weapons.
Russell makes an appearance at the end of the video and warns that the technology described in the film already exists and the window to act is closing fast.
Noel Sharkey of the International Committee for Robot Arms Control said, "The Campaign to Stop Killer Robots is not trying to stifle innovation in artificial intelligence and robotics and it does not wish to ban autonomous systems in the civilian or military world. Rather we see an urgent need to prevent automation of the critical functions for selecting targets and applying violent force without human deliberation and to ensure meaningful human control for every attack."
AI researchers are widely concerned that drone technology could drastically lower the threshold for armed conflict, make the taking of human life easier and cheaper, empower terrorists, and create global instability.
The U.S. has been using drone technology for years and it doesn't take a rocket scientist to extrapolate where drone technology is heading. Just look at cell phones, for example, they started off as giant, bulky devices and within a matter of a decade, they were as small as a wallet and only a few millimeters thick.
If you're interested in learning more about the researchers behind the video you can visit their website here.
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