Aug 11, 2015

The proposed ban on offensive autonomous weapons is unrealistic and dangerous

Posted by in categories: drones, robotics/AI

AI-controlled armed, autonomous UAVs may take over when things start to happen faster than human thought in future wars. From Call of Duty Black Ops 2 (credit: Activision Publishing)

The open letter from the Future of Life Institute (FLI) calling for a “ban on offensive autonomous weapons” is as unrealistic as the broad relinquishment of nuclear weapons would have been at the height of the cold war.

A treaty or international agreement banning the development of artificially intelligent robotic drones for military use would not be effective. It would be impossible to completely stop nations from secretly working on these technologies out of fear that other nations and non-state entities are doing the same.

It’s also not rational to assume that terrorists or a mentally ill lone wolf attacker would respect such an agreement.

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