Elon Musk Encourages Ban on Autonomous Weapons

It seems like some of the most important people when it comes to artificial intelligence technology are starting to worry about what the future might bring. This is why a group of 116 leaders in this domain and company founders have gathered to warn everyone about its dangers. Moreover, they are asking the United Nations to issue a ban on autonomous robots. Among them there is Tesla founder and billionaire Elon Musk. On Monday, those people released an open letter in which they explain where their concerns are coming from.

An open letter

In this letter, they are talking about the possibility of autonomous weapons becoming a new revolution in what concerns war. After the completion of their development, they might allow conflict, especially armed one, to reach e scale that nobody has ever seen before. A surely lethal one. Also, wars will happen much faster, without people being able to even react to what’s happening. The same letter says that there are bad people out there who might want to use these kinds of weapons to spread terror. They can modify them in unimaginable ways, and use them on innocent people. This is not what the world should become. Probably, this is the main reason why those experts in artificial intelligence and influential people have decided to work together for a common purpose.

Also, the companies which have signed the letter are not only from the United States. They are from all over the world including Asia, Africa and Europe. The first expert to sign this letter, Ryan Gariepy, founder of Clearpath Robotics, says that this is no longer a problem regarding the sci-fi uses of artificial intelligence. Therefore, this is is about the ways in which some people can use autonomous weapons. What’s worse, they are developing those things right now.

Autonomous weapons

A large number of important countries are currently developing such weapons. Among them are the United States, South Korea, United Kingdom and Russia. It’s interesting that Elon Musk has been talking about the potential dangers of artificial intelligence for years. He even tweeted recently that people should worry more about it than they worry about North Korea. The experts released the letter before an AI conference in Melbourne, Australia.

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