• Kade Godwin

Advocates denounce using artificial intelligence in war

Robotics companies are under intense pressure from humanitarians and governments alike concerning how ethical the use of artificial intelligence -A.I. for short- in war truly is.

According to Fox News, Human Rights advocates are claiming that the use of artificial intelligence in war would cause a breach in international law; the advocates state that there is a "moral imperative" to ban A.I. machines programmed to kill.

Specialists from 26 countries and influential tech personalities such as Tesla CEO, Elon Musk, and Apple co-founder, Steve Wozniak, have called for a ban on fully autonomous weapons.

A new report published by the Human Rights Watch and Harvard Law School’s International Human Rights Clinic claims that their reasoning for the denouncement is because such weaponry violates the principles of humanity and threatens public conscience.

Currently, no international laws cover this specific issue. Therefore, governments from more that 70 nations are meeting in Geneva on August 27, 2018, for the sixth time to discuss the problems A.I. is bringing about and what actions need to be taken.

Many would describe artificial intelligence as the third revolution in warfare, after gunpowder and nuclear arms. Although fully autonomous machines do not yet exist, experts are projecting a major leap forward in A.I. technology within the next few years. Nations such as France, Israel, the U.S. and the U.K. are attempting further development in this field, says Fox News.