On August 20, 2017, The Guardian reported that Elon Musk and 116 experts from around the globe were calling for a ban on autonomous lethal weapons — in other words, killer robots. The idea is that we can't be certain how deadly such machines would become, so we should stop developing them now. And it seems like common sense. There are not one, but two Sarah (O')Connors to warn us of the danger. But some AI experts are concerned that such a ban could have exactly the wrong effect. We talked to Kristian Hammond, a professor of computer science at Northwestern and the co-founder/chief scientist of Narrative Science for his take on the situation.
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Written by Reuben Westmaas August 24, 2017
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