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‘Killer robot’ ban at UN demanded by Elon Musk & 115 other tech leaders

Leaders in the fields of artificial intelligence and robotics have signed an open letter calling on the United Nations to ban the use of lethal autonomous weapons, or ‘killer robots,’ similar to the prohibition on land mines, firebombs and chemical weapons


“We need to make decisions today choosing which of these futures we want. I strongly support the call by many humanitarian and other organizations for an UN ban on such weapons, similar to bans on chemical and other weapons,” Toby Walsh, scientia professor of artificial intelligence at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, said in a statementaccompanying the letter.

The letter, released Sunday at the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Melbourne, was signed by 116 leaders in the field of robotics, engineering and artificial intelligence from 26 countries around the world, including Elon Musk of Tesla and SpaceX as well as Alphabet’s Mustafa Suleyman.


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