Over 1,000 leading AI researchers including Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk have signed a letter raising caution against Artificial Intelligence arms race in militaries worldwide and Autonomous Weapons. They argue that automation of the battles, without human risk and emotions would lower the threshold of getting into a war, thus, call for AI warfare ban.
The concern of the researchers is that autonomous weapons will no doubt make the battlefield a safer place but when the risk and emotions of losing the men (soldiers) are gone, the threshold of going to war will rise. If any militarily developed country is successful in creating weapons that can destroy the enemy sans human control, then an arms race similar to nuclear weapons will begin across the world.
In no time, these weapons will be readily available and be as common as AK 47s. The authors signing the letter stress that we should have clairvoyance and need to take a decision thinking about the future generations.Some like Linus Torvalds, the Linux creator thinks that machines are ultimately humans creation and will function according to us. So, all the worries are baseless, but seeing the point of view over 1,000 authors definitely creates uneasiness.
What do you think about this AI warfare ban notion?