Artificial Intelligence: a five-point plan to stop the Terminators taking over

Tech behemoths Google, Facebook, Microsoft, IBM and Amazon announced this week that they are teaming up to develop new standards for Artificial Intelligence (AI). It’s a much-needed move. Soon AI will change everything from warfare to our bodies. But we don’t want to become slaves to the robots, so how do we stop the Terminators? 1. Autonomous weapons A great deal of money going into AI is invested by defence companies. We need to put a complete ban on autonomous weapons, at least until we know for sure that they can apply the rules of war as well as humans. Current robots are notoriously bad at differentiating between an apple and a tomato, so would find discriminating between combatants and civilians hard too. The BAE Taranis, an autonomous unmanned combat jet…


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