The UK has proposed controlling with a code of ethics Explore the latest strategic trends, research and analysis Science-fiction thrillers, like the 1980s classic film The Terminator, illuminate our imaginations, but they also stoke fears about autonomous, intelligent killer robots eradicating the human race.
And while this scenario might seem far-fetched, last year, over 100 and artificial leaders, including Elon Musk and Google’s DeepMind co-founder Mustafa Suleyman, issued a warning about the risks posed by super-intelligent machines.
In an open letter to the UN Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons, the signatories said that once developed, killer robots – weapons designed to operate autonomously on the battlefield – “will permit armed conflict to be fought at a scale greater than ever, and at timescales faster than humans can comprehend.” SpaceX and Tesla founder Elon Musk signed an open letter on ethics The letter states: “These can be weapons of terror, weapons that despots and terrorists use against innocent populations, and weapons hacked to behave in undesirable ways. We do not have long to act. Once this Pandora’s box is opened, it will be hard to close.”
must be a force for good – and diversity
The first principle argues that should be developed for the common good and benefit of humanity. The report’s authors argue the United Kingdom must actively shape the development and utilisation of , and call for “a shared ethical framework” that provides clarity against how this technology can best be used to benefit individuals and society.
Intelligibility and fairness
The second principle demands that operates within parameters of intelligibility and fairness, and calls for companies and organisations to improve the intelligibility of their systems. Third, the report says artificial intelligence should not be used to diminish the data rights or privacy of individuals, families or communities. The fourth principle stipulates all people should have the right to be educated as well as be enabled to flourish mentally, emotionally and economically alongside artificial intelligence. For children, this means about using and working alongside from an early age. For adults, the report calls on government to invest in skills and training to negate the disruption caused by in the jobs market. Fifth, and aligning with concerns around killer robots, the report says the autonomous power to hurt, destroy or deceive human beings should never be vested in artificial intelligence. […]