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Some militaries are working on drones that are completely controlled by AI. These would make their own decisions about firing. As far as we know, autonomous drones have been used to fire on people once already.

The people behind the land mine treaty are working with the UN to try to put in place a treaty that would ban killer robots. This effort has had many backers including Stephen Hawking. I also back it because these giant terrible international bodies do actually help curtail the bad behaviour of states. The stakes on this are incredibly high.

For more about the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, see their website stopkillerrobots.org/

stop killer robots (serious post) 

@celesteh With stuff like this, it's always one of two choices: Sit around and "find out what's going to happen" or prevent what _everyone already knows_ is going to happen

stop killer robots (serious post) 

@celesteh I thought Stephen Hawking was dead?

stop killer robots (serious post) 

@baseline he is, but he was still alive when the campaign launched.

stop killer robots (serious post) 

@celesteh Given the inherent bias (racism etc.) amplification with AI, that's even worse than it sounds.

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