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Rise of the Machines? The Danger of Autonomous Weapons

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Rise of the Machines? The Danger of Autonomous Weapons

(Source: Center for a New American Security; issued March 21, 2016)


It’s a common theme in science fiction – machines rising up against their human masters. But it could be a real threat, warn researchers at the recent World Economic Forum. Unlike today's drones, which are still controlled by human operators, autonomous weapons could potentially be programmed to select and engage targets on their own.

"It was one of the concerns that we itemized last year," Toby Walsh, professor of artificial intelligence (AI) at the school of computer science and engineering at the University of New South Wales.


Click here for the full report (55 PDF pages) on the CNAS website.

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