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Elon Musk, Steve Wozniak, & Stephen Hawking: No AI Warfare

Elon Musk, Steve Wozniak, & Stephen Hawking: No AI Warfare

by P. H. MadoreJuly 28, 2015

robot warAround 1,000 people involved in the robotics industry have signed a letter urging a ban on artificial intelligence arms. An arms race could unfold where the winner is the one who makes the best robot killer. According to some of the brightest minds in the industry, including Elon Musk, Steve Wozniak, and Stephen Hawking, feel that AI technology applied to warfare can be a “threat” to humanity.

Many others also signed a letter that was presented at a conference in Argentina. The goal is to get governments to understand the seriousness of allowing an artificial intelligence arms race to develop.

Elon Musk has been one of the louder voices in opposition to unregulated, unmonitored artificial intelligence development. He is wary of technology that could enable deadlier warfare. In 2014, Musk said:

I think we should be very careful about artificial intelligence. If I had to guess at what our biggest existential threat is, it’s probably that. So we need to be very careful.

It is therefore not surprising to hear him say now that he wants the government to regulate warfare with artificial intelligence. In fact, it only makes sense. If Musk makes an issue of it, there’s a chance he might be heard, given his position.

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