Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk warn of artificial intelligence (AI) robot war

Famed physicist Stephen Hawking, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk and more than 1,000 other artificial intelligence experts published a letter Monday warning of the deadly consequences of an “autonomous weapons” arms race is sparked.

Weapons controlled by artificial intelligence (AI) would select and engage targets without direct human interaction, unlike cruise missiles or unmanned drones that still require humans to make targeting decisions. If a large military power began developing AI weapons – technology that is merely years away, the authors of letter claim – the consequences would be dire.

“Autonomous weapons have been described as the third revolution in warfare, after gunpowder and nuclear arms,” according to the letter, which was presented Monday at the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Buenos Aires.

Other signees of the letter include Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, DeepMind founder Demis Hassabis, philosopher Noam Chomsky and Google Director of Research Peter Norvig.

Unlike nuclear, chemical or biological weapons, AI weaponry could be cheaply mass produced. The authors believe that autonomous weapons could easily end up on the black market and then in the hands of terrorist groups.

“If any major military power pushes ahead with AI weapon development,” the authors explain, “a global arms race is virtually inevitable, and the endpoint of this technological trajectory is obvious: autonomous weapons will become the Kalashnikovs of tomorrow.”

AI weapons would be ideal for destabilizing military actions such as assassinations, genocide and population control.  

The authors claim that the militaries of the world must commit to stop an AI arms race before it starts. Furthermore, such military uses would most likely cause a massive public backlash that would smear any beneficial uses of AI.

“Starting a military AI arms race is a bad idea,” the authors conclude, “and should be prevented by a ban on offensive autonomous weapons beyond meaningful human control.”


1 comment:

  1. L’intelligence artificielle à but militaire cible d'une attaque en règle...

    Plusieurs milliers de chercheurs et personnalités de renom, dont le célèbre physicien Stephen Hawking, ont lancé un appel, mardi, pour mettre en garde contre les dangers de l’intelligence artificielle utilisée à but militaire.

    Les progrès de l’intelligence artificielle inquiètent les grands cerveaux. Dans une lettre ouverte, publiée mardi 28 juillet, plus de 12 000 personnes, dont de très nombreux chercheurs en intelligence artificielle et des personnalités de renom, ont lancé un appel pour l'interdiction des armes offensives autonomes, capables de "choisir et frapper des cibles sans intervention humaine".

    Parmi les signataires les plus célèbres, Stephen Hawking, le plus célèbre des physiciens, et Elon Musk, roi des voitures électriques Tesla et pionnier du tourisme spatial, qui avaient déjà exprimé leurs inquiétudes à ce sujet par le passé. S’y ajoutent l’intellectuel Noam Chomsky, le prix Nobel de physique Frank Wilczek, le cofondateur d'Apple, Steve Wozniak, ou encore le cofondateur de Skype, Jaan Tallinn...........http://www.france24.com/fr/20150729-intelligence-artificielle-ia-robots-tueurs-armement-hawking-musk-chomsky-onu


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