Even though it might seem like something that came out of a futuristic movie, the killer robots could endanger the human species. An elite gathering was held in the Swiss Alps, at a ski resort in Davos in order to warn influential people about the risks of further developing robots with artificial intelligence for wars. The meeting lasted for four days, from January 19 until January 23.
One of the speakers at the Davos meeting, Angela Kane, who is the German representative of the Disarmament Affairs said that the world didn’t take good measures when it developed robots with artificial intelligence. She warned that it might be too late, that the damage has already been done. She also stated that many countries that are not very developed don’t even know about the risks that they could face in the near future.
A lot of scientists who were present at the meeting agreed that autonomous weapons could mark the beginning of a new, more dangerous warfare era. Another speaker at the meeting was Stuart Russell, who is a computer science professor at the University of California. He said that the biggest concern of the human race right now should be the artificial intelligence weapons. These weapons could locate and kill the targets, without any intervention from humans. Russell also said that the wars fought by robots for humans could never end well.
Russell said that he was against developing robots for ethical reasons, but he believes that these types of robots create issues that surpass the ethical border. He hopes that the development of these weapons will be prohibited and stopped, as it happened with the biological weapons.
Alan Winfield, who is an electronic engineering professor at the University of the West of England said that replacing humans on the battlefield with robots could have serious consequences. He said that not only will the moral responsibility be deprived from the humans, the reactions of robots will be hard to predict. He said that the robots could act chaotically, when put in chaotic situations.
In July 2015, more than 1,000 scientist including Stephen Hawking addressed the issue of artificial intelligence weapons and called for them to be banned. They stated that they could easily get out of the human control and they could also fall into the hands of extremists that are violent. Either way, the killer robots could endanger the human species.
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