16 leading figures in the Artificial Intelligence and Robotics industry including Elun Musk have produced a document for the UN against the prospect of developing ‘autonomous weapons’ and asking the UN’s Conference of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) to establish a Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) on Lethal Autonomous Weapon Systems.
They also commend the appointment of Ambassador Amandeep Singh Gill of India as chair of the GGE and implore the High Contracting Parties that;
participating in the GGE to work hard at finding means to prevent an arms race in these weapons, to protect civilians from their misuse, and to avoid the destabilizing effects of these technologies.
They finally ask that autonomous weapons do not bring about the ‘third revolution in warfare
Lethal autonomous weapons threaten to become the third revolution in warfare. Once developed, they will permit armed conflict to be fought at a scale greater than ever, and at timescales faster than humans can comprehend. These can be weapons of terror, weapons that despots and terrorists use against innocent populations, and weapons hacked to behave in undesirable ways. We do not have long to act. Once this Pandora’s box is opened, it will be hard to close. We therefore implore the High Contracting Parties to find a way to protect us all from these dangers.
Read the letter in full here : https://www.futureoflife.org/autonomous-weapons-open-letter-2017/