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Stephen Hawking & Elon Musk Warn Of Killer Robots

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"Autonomous weapons will become the Kalashnikovs of tomorrow."

Killer robots might seem like a plot point from a summer blockbuster, but some of today's leading minds are warning that weapons powered entirely by artificial intelligence (AI) could be here in the very near future.

Astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, Tesla cofounder Elon Musk, Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak and more than 1,000 others have signed a letter warning of the threat posed by autonomous weapons.

"If any major military power pushes ahead with AI weapon development, a global arms race is virtually inevitable, and the endpoint of this technological trajectory is obvious: autonomous weapons will become the Kalashnikovs of tomorrow," the letter from the Future of Life Institute warns.

These weapons will ultimately become so "ubiquitous and cheap" that "(i)t will only be a matter of time until they appear on the black market and in the hands of terrorists, dictators wishing to better control their populace, warlords wishing to perpetrate ethnic cleansing, etc."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/killer-robots-stephen-hawking_55b7163ee4b0074ba5a60a14?

 
 
 

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