Ban killer robots? How about defining them first?

By Michael C. HorowitzWhen intelligent machines appear with weapons in movies or television shows, it generally means that humanity is on the run. From The Terminator to Battlestar Galactica, priority number one for sentient robots in science fiction is often to eliminate humanity. With new, real-world advances in artificial intelligence emerging nearly every week, prompting the White House to announce a new initiative to understand its benefits and risks, is it time for humanity to run for the hills? Spoiler alert—no.Global science and technology leaders like Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk have expressed concern about the existential risk to human society that could come from highly advanced artificial intelligence. Echoing Oxford philosopher Nicholas Bostrom, Hawking and Musk fear the potentially unintended and unpredictable ways that highly advanced artificial intelligence might…


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