April 11, 2018

Will killer robots save us or destroy humanity?

Many scientists are wary of using artificial intelligence in autonomous weapons for war.

A group of scientists is campaigning for a preemptive ban on autonomous weapons technology that may someday power what they call "killer robots". Those who support the development of lethal autonomous weapons say using independently thinking machines could make wars more efficient and result in fewer civilian deaths, provided that the systems are programmed to make ethical decisions and follow international law.

With no international regulations and the world's superpowers eagerly pursuing military uses for artificial intelligence, the primary concern is that humanity is headed toward a future where armies of autonomous robots will fight man's wars with limited human oversight.
In this episode, we'll look at the debate over banning killer robots and examine the ethical issues of using artificial intelligence in warfare. Join the conversation at 1930GMT.

On this episode of The Stream, we speak with:

Paul Scharre @paul_scharre  
Director, Technology and National Security Program, Center for a New American Security

Elke Schwarz @ElkeSchwarz
Lecturer in International Politics, University of Leicester

Alex Salkever @AlexSalkever
Author, "The Driver in the Driverless Car"

Read more:

Killer robots: pressure builds for ban as governments meet - The Guardian
A global arms race for killer robots is transforming the battlefield - Time

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