Scientists Campaign To Stop Killer Robots

Posted: Jan 23 2016, 2:35am CST | by , in News | Latest Science News

Scientists Campaign to Stop Killer Robots
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Scientists have issued a warning regarding the possible use of robotic soldiers in future wars.

The future could be a miserable dystopia instead of the starry-eyed utopia that science likes to conjure up in its pride and confidence. What is a scenario of robotic soldiers roaming the earth’s surface killing of all humans supposed to invoke in human beings?

Dread, fear or just plain horror! AI has its limits and some say that we should let sleeping dogs lie instead of disturbing them. An elite gathering was lectured about the dangers of out-of-control AI by a team of experts recently at the World Economic Forum in Davos in Switzerland.

In fact, they talked about the enactment of certain rules which would prevent the development of lethal weapons of robotic origin. Billionaires, leaders and scientists were gathered at a residence in the Swiss Alps to discuss the ramifications of the dismal scenario, reported Bloomberg.

Humanity had been negligent of its duty to prevent any technology that might harm its creators in the end like the proverbial Frankenstein’s Monster. And it may be a case of too little, too late.

As the forces of cruelty and hatred picked up speed in an age of globalization, lethal weaponry handled by robots may be the order of the day soon.

We do not know what we are dealing with here. A few advanced countries are dabbling in stuff that might not only prove to be harmful in the end but could actually be deadly.

Autonomous weapons are a field that raises spine-chilling visions of mass bloodshed and carnage on a scale hitherto unimagined. And this is not confined to drones. Autonomous weapons have no one controlling them from behind.

They are on their own and have minds of their own. It is AI at its most potent. This reminds one of the movie Robocop. While a human being might feel some empathy towards the enemy, a dumb robot would not show any remorse for its victims.

Already such opinion-makers as Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates and Elon Musk are warning us about the shocking things AI has in store for us if we are not careful.

The manufacture of autonomous weapons will begin in not just decades but in a few years. It is just a matter of time before we get flooded with war machines and the war games they are a part of.

Far from being progressive, this situation is regressive. So we must institute laws which prevent or ban any such misuse of AI in the future. We have no other choice.

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