Leading technology companies like Amazon, Microsoft and Intel are putting the world at risk with the development of killer robots, according to reports.
Lead author of the report published this week, Frank Slijper said, “Why are companies like Microsoft and Amazon not denying that they’re currently developing these highly controversial weapons, which could decide to kill people without direct human involvement?”
The use of artificial intelligence to allow weapon systems to independently select and attack targets has sparked ethical debate in recent years, and critics warn that it would jeopardize international security and announce a third revolution warfare after gunpowder and the atomic bomb.
A panel of government experts debated policy options regarding lethal autonomous weapons at a meeting of the United Nations Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons in Geneva on Wednesday.
Twenty-two companies were of “medium concern,” while 21 fell into a “high concern” category, notably Amazon and Microsoft who are both bidding for a $10 billion Pentagon contract to provide the cloud infrastructure for the US military.
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17 November, 2019