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Tech leaders warn against robotic weapons


· 每日跟讀單元 Daily English

More than 100 robotics and artificial intelligence leaders including Elon Musk, Chief Executive of Tesla, on Aug. 20 urged the UN to take action against the dangers of autonomous weapons, also known as “killer robots.”


“Lethal autonomous weapons threaten to become the third revolution in warfare,” warned a letter signed by 116 tech luminaries, including Musk, the chief of Tesla, and Mustafa Suleyman, co-founder of Google’s DeepMind.


“Once developed, they will permit armed conflict to be fought at a scale greater than ever, and at timescales faster than humans can comprehend,” the letter read.

“These can be weapons of terror, weapons that despots and terrorists use against innocent populations, and weapons hacked to behave in undesirable ways.”

A UN group focused on these types of weapons was set to meet on Aug. 21, but it was canceled and postponed until November, according to the UN Web site.




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