Future of Life Institute: AI letter on weapons systems

Future of Life Institute: 2.400 researchers and more than 100 technology companies from around the world have demanded a global ban on deadly autonomous weapons and pledged not to produce them in a letter published by the Future of Life Institute in Stockholm.Future of Life Institute

Εμείς, οι υπογράφοντες, καλούμε τους παγκόσμιους ηγέτες να δημιουργήσουν ένα μέλλον με ισχυρά διεθνή πρότυπα, κανονισμούς και νόμους κατά των θανατηφόρων αυτόνομων όπλων. Αυτούς που απουσιάζουν σήμερα. Επιλέγουμε να είμαστε σε υψηλό επίπεδο: δεν θα συμμετέχουμε ούτε θα υποστηρίξουμε την ανάπτυξη, , εμπορία ή χρήση θανατηφόρων αυτόνομων όπλων. Ζητάμε από τις εταιρείες τεχνολογίας και τους οργανισμούς, καθώς και τους ηγέτες, τους υπευθύνους για τη χάραξη πολιτικής και άλλα άτομα, να γίνουν μέλη αυτής της υπόσχεσης.

Στους υπογράφοντες συμπεριλαμβάνονται οι συμπατριώτες του Elon Musk, και συνιδρυτές του DeepMind – Shane Legg, Suleyman και Demis Hassabis, ο ιδρυτής της Skype Jaan Tallinn και μερικοί από τους κορυφαίους ερευνητές του όπως ο Stuart Russell, ο Yoshua Bengio και ο Jürgen Schmidhuber.

Η Deepmind, the XPRIZE Foundation and Clearpath Robotics were some of the technology companies that signed on.

The Future of Life Institute website also states that the United Nations 26 countries have also approved the ban on deadly autonomous weapons: Algeria, Argentina, Austria, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Djibouti, Ecuador , Guatemala, Iraq, Mexico, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, the State of Palestine, Uganda, Venezuela and Zimbabwe.

This letter was published today at the 2018 International IJCAI organized by the Future of Life Institute.
This move comes at a time when leading technology companies face a major internal dilemma for the development of AI for military use.

In May, about twelve employees Google left from for her participation in the US Army's Project Maven – a program of intelligence for the Pentagon. About 4.000 other employees signed a petition asking the company to stop contributing to the scheme.

Today's letter published in Stockholm by the Future of Life Institute is not the first open alert for the arsenal that uses AI. Last September, more than 100 executives AI business consultants around the world signed an open letter to the UN, warning that their work could be used to build lethal weapons.

Although some companies are calling for a ban on the use of AI in weapons, the field of artificial intelligence will continue to evolve. So there will certainly be some who will try to use technology in weapons systems.
Let us hope that initiatives such as this will find a response from world leaders, as with the development of AI, the need for global supervision and regulation is growing.

Read the online letter


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