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AI Swarm Killer Drones

“#Nuclear is #obsolete. Take out the entire #enemy virtually risk free. Just characterize him, release the #swarm, and rest #easy.”

These were some of the first words said in the short film “#Slaughterbots.” A joint project between #University of California at #Berkeley professor Stuart Russell and the #Future of Life Institute, the short gives viewers a warning about a #fictional #dystopian future.

The short starts with a #representative from a #defense contractor advertising his company’s newest product: A palm-sized, explosive-filled #drone with an #artificial-intelligence implant that allows it to find, target, and kill people with a precise #detonation to the head.

“You can target an #evil #ideology, right where it starts,” the #representative says, pointing to his head amid a massive round of #applause. The drones are then shown to fall into the wrong #hands and #wreak havoc on innocent people all around the #world.

The short was released by the #future of #Life Institute, a Boston-based #nonprofit dedicated to showing the dangers of advanced artificial intelligence and other advanced #technologies. The #institute, backed by Elon #Musk, Stephen #Hawking, and other skeptics of artificial intelligence, is also behind the Campaign to Stop #Killer #Robots, according to Seeker.

The #release coincided with the UN’s Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons in #Geneva, #Switzerland, which will discuss #autonomous #weapons. And it comes as the world’s three largest arms exporters, the US, Russia, and China, have all shown signs of interest in unmanned #weapons #systems. There is a fear there could be an arms #race to create a fully autonomous militarized #AI.

#Researchers, CEOs, and high-profile individuals like Musk and #Hawking signed an open letter in July calling for the banning of #military AI, and warning of its dangers to #humanity.

See the following short video:

 

 

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20 comments

Steven October 15, 2018 at 1:11 pm

Wow. This is crazy as these drones will be used not only for war !!!

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TylerSimme November 26, 2018 at 10:57 pm

Hi. Great posts here 🙂

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