We give over control of our lives every day and trust other humans to make ethical decisions. But soon robots will make these decisions for us. Will they be ethical or is it just a numbers game?
The Campaign Against Killer Robots has launched a terrifying film showing why lethal drones need to be banned.
Robots are currently used by police for bomb disposal. Future versions will be much more sophisticated.
Robots are a twin-edged sword. Used badly, they may one day perpetrate genocide and war crimes. Used well, they can prevent them.
A US Air Force MQ-9 Reaper drone is piloted remotely over Afghanistan. But what if AI was to take control?
US Air Force Photo/Lt Col Leslie Pratt.
Leading experts in AI and robotics want the Prime Ministers of Australia and Canada to join the growing campaign to ban killer robots.
Who could have predicted it would end like this?
The unexpected behaviour of even simple bots is only going to get more dramatic as AI scales up.
Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator 2: Judgment Day, now in 3D.
It's more than 25 years since Arnold Schwarzenegger returned in the Terminator 2: Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Now he's back in glorious 3D, so how does the story and the science stack up today?
Terminator’s killer robots can help in the real debate on lethal autonomous weapons.
He's back! Any mention of the killer robots debate brings images of the Terminator film. But science fiction can be a useful tool to get people interested in the real issues in science.
Will AI take over the world or lead to a bright future for humanity?
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Not everyone agrees on how artificial intelligence will change the way we live. But it's not all doom and gloom either.
Will the robots come to control us?
He spends his days developing artificial intelligence systems. What about AI keeps him up at night?
International flags fly at United Nations headquarters, New York City.
Treaties banning biological and chemical weapons are in place, and the path is clear to remove nuclear weapons too. Lethal autonomous weapons (killer robots) should be next.
Should we act to prevent this from ever happening?
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Machines that can target and kill people without human intervention or accountability pose a moral threat to the world.
DARPA is developing an autonomous anti-submarine warfare vessel, ACTUV.
The future of warfare may include many lethal autonomous weapons, but the world can't decide how, or if, to regulate them.
Could killer robots like Maximilian from the 1979 film Black Hole become reality?
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We need to ban lethal autonomous weapons, or "killer robots", as we have done with biological weapons, land mines and blinding lasers, and Australia should take a leading role in making that happen.
Who gets to fire the gun? Man or AI-powered machine?
When it comes to weapons with artificial intelligence, there's an argument for keeping a human in charge of some of the action.
2015 saw us complete our exploration of all nine planets (including dwarf planet Pluto) in our solar system.
2015 was a year where we expanded our view of the universe, embraced new technologies and got a hint of the profound changes to come.
Robots in chains but are they really to blame when AI does something wrong?
There is much debate on the ethics of artificial intelligence machines that are designed to kill. But who's responsible when a non-lethal AI system causes damage, harm or even death?
The military robots in Marvel’s Iron Man 2 might not be so far from reality.
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Some have argued we should not ban but embrace offensive autonomous weapons, or 'killer robots'. But the arguments against a ban are weak.
(Potentially) killer AI tech is already here, built into many less ominous sounding everyday objects.
Why obsess about killer robots of the future, when all the parts are already here, and already in use?
A ban on killer robots is useless if your enemy doesn’t play by the rules.
The thousands of people who signed an open letter calling for a ban on autonomous killer weapons and robots are misguided. We already have such killing machines and we should embrace them.
Science fiction abounds with warnings concerning offensive autonomous weapons, or ‘killer robots’.
We need to ban offensive autonomous weapons - or 'killer robots' - before a new arms race to produce them begins.