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International - August 21, 2017

Tesla boss, Musk calls for ban on use of killer robots

Photo shows Elon Musk, CEO, Tesla Motors and SpaceX.

Tesla Motors and SpaceX CEO, Elon Musk, along with a group of prominent robotics and AI experts, worry that the use of autonomous weapons could usher in a new era of warfare.

Elon Musk is joining a group of prominent robotics and artificial intelligence researchers in calling on the UN to prohibit the development and use of robotic weapons.

Musk joined 116 specialists from 26 countries warning in a letter that the use of autonomous weapons could usher in the “third revolution in warfare,” The Guardian reported Sunday. The UN recently voted to begin formal discussions on such weapons, including drones, tanks and automated machine guns.

“Once developed, lethal autonomous weapons will permit armed conflict to be fought at a scale greater than ever, and at timescales faster than humans can comprehend,” the letter warns. “These can be weapons of terror, weapons that despots and terrorists use against innocent populations, and weapons hacked to behave in undesirable ways.

“We do not have long to act. Once this Pandora’s box is opened, it will be hard to close.”

Research in AI — a term used for the ability of a machine, computer or system to exhibit human-like intelligence — has been dominated lately by large tech companies such as Google and Facebook. One application of particular interest is autonomous weapons, including unmanned planes, missile defense systems and sentry robots.

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