The rise of the killer robots — and why we need to stop them

By Professor Toby WalshEditor’s note: Toby Walsh is Professor of Artificial Intelligence at the University of New South Wales and research group leader at Data6, Australia’s centre of excellence for information and communications technology research in Sydney, Australia. The views expressed are his own.(CNN) — Lethal autonomous weapons (or as the media like to call them, “killer robots”) were back on the agenda at the U.N. last week. The Campaign to Stop Killer Robots launched in 2013, and pleasingly the issue was quickly taken up by the U.N. Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) in Geneva. I’ve spent my life working on artificial intelligence (AI), and there are many reasons why I am fearful of the development of killer robots. Here’s five of them. 1. Killer robots are near You…

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