Should Autonomous Weapons Be Banned?

Leading technologists have signed an open letter seeking to stop their development

7 October 2015

Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, Steve Wozniak, and more than 2,800 leading artificial intelligence and robotics researchers signed an open letter in July voicing concern over the dangers of autonomous weapons systems. They want to ban such systems, which could engage targets on their own with no human intervention. As the letter points out, AI technology could make such weapons possible in just a few years.

Some say autonomous weapons could reduce the need for soldiers, while others fear they could start a global AI arms race.

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