At Davos, World Leaders Get Real About Killer Robots

At the World Economic Forum, there’s a lot of talk about robots, artificial intelligence and how all of that could shape the future of war and work. A large group of the world’s leaders in business and politics have been meeting in Davos, Switzerland, for the World Economic Forum where they’ve discussed the future of business, technology and the world at large. But the talks haven’t been very positive this year. Leaders seem especially worried that science fiction might become science fact: There’s been a lot of discussion about the problems artificial intelligence might pose. There was an entire panel called “What if: Robots Go to War?” devoted to the dangers of autonomous weapons. The panelists emphasized the ethical dilemma that comes with such machines; they warn removing humans from…


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