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.
Hands off – but do we trust the car?
AP Photo/Eric Risberg
The ethics and psychology of trust suggest ways we might learn to understand self-driving cars, but also show why doing so might be more challenging than we expect.
The droid K-2SO from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Rebel fighters in the latest Star Wars movie are helped by a droid that was captured from the enemy and reprogrammed. Could that happen in real life with today's autonomous weapons?
Should we act to prevent this from ever happening?
Armed robot via shutterstock.com
Machines that can target and kill people without human intervention or accountability pose a moral threat to the world.
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.
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No drone-fly zone.
Drones are here, carrying cameras, delivering packages and even toting guns. But the laws to govern their use are way behind.
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.
AI researchers should work to make future battlefield robots more ethical.
If military robots are inevitable, then AI and robotics researchers should work to make them ethical, not retreat by calling for an ineffectual ban.
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.
It’s only a small step forward before drones like this one could operate entirely autonomously.
The debate over whether lethal autonomous weapon systems (LAWS) -- often called 'killer robots' -- should be banned continues, although it's far from settled.
The future of warfare might involve autonomous weapon systems, such as the BAE Taranis, although some are unsettled by the idea of giving machines lethal capabilities.
Should future wars be fought by autonomous systems? Or do they pose such a threat that they should be banned? These issues are being debated this week by diplomats from around the world.
Taranis in flight.
BAE Systems has revealed that it has successfully test-flown Taranis, its prototype Unmanned Aerial Vehicle. The test has some people understandably hot under the collar. But while there is much to debate…
Would you trust this guy with a surface to air missile?
Stop Killer Robots
The Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, a network of NGOs and academics, has done us all a valuable service by drawing attention to the development of unmanned systems that are able to kill without direct…
Misplaced faith in the possibility of risk-free warfare may end up putting more lives at risk.
The topic of killer robots was drawn back into the public sphere last week with the widely publicised call for a moratorium on the development and use of “lethal autonomous robotics” by a top UN human…