Artificial intelligence killer robots have already became a reality

Countries are not trying to agree on the limitation of autonomous weapons, making it the most technologically advanced race in the world. 


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There is no single definition, but experts from the non-profit organization Pax are sure that at least two countries already have killer AI.

The top countries are not even trying to agree on the limitation of autonomous weapons, making it the most technologically advanced race in the world. There is no single definition, but experts from the non-profit organization Pax are sure that at least two countries already have killer AI.

Pax, a non-profit organization from the Netherlands, in a new report calls on the countries to agree on a ban on autonomous combat systems based on artificial intelligence, and it is likely that in the next war it will be not only people who will authorize the killing, some modern weapons are already claiming to be called full-fledged "killer robots".

Pax employees have sent requests to 50 major defense companies in the U.S., Russia, Israel, China, and Turkey, only eight countries have responded to these requests with restrictions on the use of AI for military purposes. Even these reports did not always indicate that a person should always "pull the trigger", i.e. authorize the destruction of the target. At least three dozen companies have no such restrictions.

"As long as states do not agree on a regulatory regime or, ideally, a pre-emptive ban, there is a real fear that companies will jump on this train and develop, manufacture and eventually sell weapons that a person will not have sufficient control over," said the report's author Frank Slyper.

In Defense technologies, this is already quite acceptable: for example, the Aegis missile defense system will automatically open fire when it is activated.
The second important point: Pax experts are sure that development of lethal AI systems is going on right now in at least five countries around the world. 

If we consider it a full-fledged " killer robot ", they have already been created. Slipper pointed to two developments.

The first is the Turkish state defense company STM. It is an autonomous attacking drone KARGU. It is equipped with a face recognition system, and the operator only needs to choose a target in advance.

The second development is Harpy, a UAV made by Israel Aerospace Industries. It strikes targets up to 100 kilometers away, and can be in the air for up to two hours, waiting for the target to appear, and then blow it up within seconds.

Pax believes there is still time to take action. But the first step seems incredibly difficult: companies are asked to develop and agree on their own corporate policies for the use of weapons that use AI. 

This is likely to mean that in real-world warfare, a country that is not constrained by such restrictions will have an advantage.

Laura Nolan, a former Google scientist, is one of the most consistent advocates of banning AI robot killers. She worked on the Maven military project and then left the company. And now, having personally become acquainted with the prospects and developments, she considers the mass extermination of civilians by military robots or a nuclear attack using drones to be a real risk.

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