Elon Musk and 116 experts called for a ban on killer robots

Elon Musk and 116 experts called for a ban on killer robots

The head of Tesla Elon Musk, co-founder of DeepMind Mustafa Suleyman and more than a hundred specialists from 26 countries have signed an open letter to the United Nations with a call to ban Autonomous weapons, reports The Guardian. With the text of the letter can be found on the website of the organization to Future of Life Institute.

The authors of the open letter are concerned about the possible beginning of a new arms race and urged to make every effort to prevent the development of Autonomous weapons and to protect people against its application.

Lethal Autonomous weapons could become the third revolution in arms [after the appearance of gunpowder and nuclear weapons]. Once established, it will allow armed conflicts to grow on a large scale than ever, and before humanity has time to react. … We have not much time. If Pandora’s box once opened, it will be hard to close.

The letter was presented at the opening of the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, one of the largest conferences on artificial intelligence. Earlier in 2015, on the opening of the conference, was published akin on the subject of the letter currently signed by more than 8000 people, including Elon Musk, physicist Stephen Hawking and co-founder of Apple Steve Wozniak.