Science, Tech Leaders Warn Of Worldwide AI Arms Race
Elon Musk, Steve Wozniak and Stephen Hawking are part of a group asking the United Nations to limit or ban "offensive autonomous weapons."By Matt Moreno | July 27, 2015
It sounds like the plot of a sci-fi flick, but major players in the tech and science industries are warning world leaders an artificial intelligence arms race could be a problem in the future.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and renowned physicist Stephen Hawking, among other prominent figures, are warning world leaders of the potential problem as autonomous military weapons continue to grow.
In a letter presented at the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Buenos Aires, the group says, "AI technology has reached a point where the deployment of [autonomous weapons] is – practically if not legally – feasible within years, not decades, and the stakes are high: autonomous weapons have been described as the third revolution in warfare, after gunpowder and nuclear arms."