Within the last decade or so, we have undergone a lot of changes in the sphere of artificial intelligence and weapon systems. Now it comes out that some of the top military experts in the US are worried about those changes. So worried, in fact, that they fear the plot of "Terminator" could become a reality for us all - and that humans could become extinct because of it.
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Air Force General Paul Selva, the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the US Defense Department,said that these "thinking weapons" could lead to "Robotic systems to do lethal harm... a Terminator without a conscience."
When asked whether or not the robotic weapons would be able to make their own decisions, he responded: "Our job is to defeat the enemy" but "it is governed by law and by convention."
He says that the military has to keep humans in the process because it will help to keep us safe - and moral. "That ethical boundary is the one we’ve draw a pretty fine line on. It’s one we must consider in developing these new weapons," he added.
Selva then said that the Pentagon has to reach out to tech firms that aren't "military-oriented" to bring on new systems of command and leadership models, reports US Naval Institute News.
In June, experts warned that humans need to work on their interactions with robots to avoid potential dangerous situations. They discussed whether or not the robots could make decisions that "fit some form of ethical or moral guidelines."
Any potential problem with robots is years away, so at least we have some time to prevent it.