No to smart weapons

No to smart weapons

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Some 2,400 artificial intelligence movers and shakers have signed a pledge to never help design lethal autonomous weapons.

The document, published at the 2018 International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Stockholm, calls upon governments and leaders to “create a future with strong international norms, regulations and laws against lethal autonomous weapons.”

Among those signing up the pledge are DeepMind co-founder Demis Hassabis, Elon Musk, Skype founder Jaan Tallinn and Jeffrey Dean, lead of Google research and machine intelligence.

The signatories say such weapons are quite different from their nuclear, chemical and biological counterparts as they could easily spark an arms race that the international community lacks the technical tools and global governance systems to manage.

“Stigmatising and preventing such an arms race should be a high priority for national and global security,” they add.

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