Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help   RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in

Top US general warns against killer robots


Posted on Wednesday, 19 July, 2017 | Comment icon 8 comments

Could we end up in a world dominated by sentient machines ? Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Dick Thomas Johnson
General Paul Selva has spoken out about the dangers of creating fully autonomous weapon systems.
The risks of giving autonomy to so-called 'killer machines' have been highlighted time and again over the years in movies such as 'The Terminator' and 'The Matrix', but could an intelligent computer ever truly decide that humanity is a threat and attempt to wipe us off the planet ?

During a recent Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, US General Paul Selva expressed how important it was to maintain human control over systems capable of killing other people "lest we unleash on humanity a set of robots that we don't know how to control."

"I don't think it's reasonable for us to put robots in charge of whether or not we take a human life," he said. "There will be a raucous debate in the department about whether or not we take humans out of the decision to take lethal action."

It's a concern that has been brought up many times by SpaceX CEO Elon Musk who has warned that intelligent machines represent a "fundamental risk to the existence of civilization."

"I have access to the very most cutting edge AI, and I think people should be really concerned about it," he said. "AI is a rare case where I think we need to be proactive in regulation instead of reactive."

"Because I think by the time we are reactive in AI regulation, it's too late."

Source: IB Times | Comments (8)

Tags: Robots

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by ExpandMyMind on 19 July, 2017, 18:09
...He said, right before flicking the 'on' switch.
Comment icon #2 Posted by EBE Hybrid on 19 July, 2017, 18:18
Sounds like a sensible man
Comment icon #3 Posted by OverSword on 19 July, 2017, 18:24
Because robots (the one's that aren't human) won't obey illegal orders.
Comment icon #4 Posted by spud the mackem on 19 July, 2017, 19:05
The General is right but what happens when other countries are doing the same thing.
Comment icon #5 Posted by UFOwatcher on 19 July, 2017, 19:20
They are watching too many movies. Hollywood has a big influence on us all. Don't fear the AI but keep a way to turn it off.
Comment icon #6 Posted by seanjo on 20 July, 2017, 9:54
Robots will obey whatever they are programmed to obey. The thought of a machine 'making the decision' to take a human life does not sit comfortably.
Comment icon #7 Posted by OverSword on 20 July, 2017, 15:10
And they would probably come out of the factory with default software forbidding them from accepting instructions for things such as killing every person in a town unless they were all armed.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Aten on 20 July, 2017, 16:17
I (SADLY)still think its too soon to worry, maybe 20years from now. IMO its more a power issue than an AI issue. When 'they' get around to making (to put it simply) better batteries (power source) then things will speed up.


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


  On the forums
Whales and dolphins lead 'human-like lives'
10-17-2017
Scientists have linked the brain size of cetaceans to the 'human-like' nature of their social behaviors.
Neutron star smash signals major breakthrough
10-16-2017
For the first time ever, gravitational waves and light have been picked up from the same cosmic event.
Scottish scientists send a teacake in to space
10-16-2017
Thousands of people watched online as the popular confectionery was launched in to the heavens on Friday.
Mystery 'Watcher' house goes up for sale
10-15-2017
A couple plagued by mysterious letters from the 'Watcher' have been struggling to sell their home.
Featured Videos
Gallery icon 
Schlieren imaging in color
Posted 10-16-2017 | 1 comment
A look at Schlieren imaging - a technique that can help to visualize tiny differences in air.
 
Glowing creatures of the deep
Posted 10-15-2017 | 0 comments
This vintage clip sees Sir David Attenborough descending in to the dark depths of the sea.
 
Slow motion pellet split
Posted 10-14-2017 | 0 comments
The Slo Mo Guys attempt to split an air gun pellet with a knife to pop two balloons.
 
 View: More videos
Stories & Experiences
Guardian angel ?
9-13-2017 | Middle of nowhere Iowa
 
I'm not normal, but I'm not alone
9-13-2017 | South Africa
 
When I was very little
9-13-2017 | Sturgis So.Dakota
 
Weird light orbs and chills
9-13-2017 | Poland
 
Unexplained light flashes
8-30-2017 | Louisiana
 
A night that I will never forget
8-18-2017 | Massena, NY
 
Shapeshifter
8-18-2017 | Cranbrook British Columbia
 
Ghost experiences ?
8-11-2017 | United States
 
 

         More stories | Send us your story
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.7 Unexplained-Mysteries.com 2001-2017
Privacy Policy and Disclaimer   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ