Researchers Urge UN to Ban Autonomous Weapons

28 July 2015

Over 1000 researchers working in the field of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics have signed an open letter to the United Nations urging that the development and use of autonomous weapons be banned.

Presented at the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Buenos Aires, the letter includes signatures from CSER’s co-founders Jaan Tallinn and Huw Price as well as CSER advisors Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and Stuart Russell.

It states that whilst “AI has great potential to benefit humanity in many ways” that “Starting a military AI arms race is a bad idea, and should be prevented by a ban on offensive autonomous weapons beyond meaningful human control”.

The complete open letter and list of signatories can be read here.

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