Elon Musk Calls on UN to Ban Killer Robots, Autonomous Weapons

By Staff  |  08/21/2017

The Terminator

Though he's made strides in the development of AI technology, Elon Musk has expressed his fears of AI evolution if we're not careful. Now, he's warning the world about killer robots.

Musk, alongside other leading robotics and artificial intelligence pioneers, are calling on the United Nations to ban the development and use of killer robots, reports The Guardian.

Musk and Alphabet’s Mustafa Suleyman are leading a group of 116 specialists from across 26 countries who are calling for the ban, via an open letter.

Reports said that the UN recently voted to begin formal discussions on autonomous weaponry, such as drones, tanks and automated machine guns. The group warn that this would set off an arms race that threatens to usher in the "third revolution in warfare" after gunpowder and nuclear arms.

"Once developed, lethal autonomous weapons will permit armed conflict to be fought at a scale greater than ever, and at timescales faster than humans can comprehend. These can be weapons of terror, weapons that despots and terrorists use against innocent populations, and weapons hacked to behave in undesirable ways," the letter states.

"We do not have long to act. Once this Pandora’s box is opened, it will be hard to close."

With the advancement in AI, autonomous weapons could be developed within years, rather than decades.

Furthermore, while AI can be used to make the battlefield safer for military personnel, experts fear that such weapons would lower the threshold of going to battle and result in greater loss of human life.