Hacked robots could be used for terrorist attacks.
Robots take lead in crime in 25 years. Chief Strategy Officer Tracey Follows at the Future Laboratory makes that troubling prediction. "My forecast would be that by 2040 more crime will be committed by machines than by humans," she said in an interview with Raconteur.
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"Futurists have been forecasting a sharp rise in lone-wolf terror attacks for years. But once robots can be hacked to become suicide-bombing machines, lone-robot attacks could become rife too," she explains.
Robots could be hacked to use as suicide bombers. Spinning the ideas further, a bomb equipped robot could develop a mind of his own and go rogue.
Elon Musk and others have already taken the initiate to curb artificial intelligence and set rules to protect humans. A year ago Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking and Steve Wozniak called for governments to ban autonomous weapons. Artificial Intelligence technology has reached a point where the deployment of such weapons is feasible within years, not decades says the Future of Life Institute in the letter.
AI development had stalled, but in the past few years the progress in machine learning as dramatically accelerated. New chip hardware is closer than ever to our brains. If the speed of development keeps going at this level, autonomous robots are possible in 2040. So make sure we do not give them weapons and teach them martial arts.