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Autonomous weaponry: All you need to know about “slaughterbots”

Autonomous weaponry: All you need to know about “slaughterbots”

Autonomous weapons critics, led by an artificial intelligence professor, Stuart Russel, released a show explaining about the killer drones and their reach for human destruction.

The collaboration between Prof Russel from University of California and the Future of Life Institute show palm-sized, autonomous drones that use facial recognition technology. Containing explosives on them, they create an unimaginable massacre.

Researchers attempted to build support for a global ban on autonomous weapon systems through this video. They released it to coincide with meetings the United Nations’ Convention on Conventional Weapons that held in November last year in Geneva, Switzerland.

“We have an opportunity to prevent the future you just saw, but the window to act is closing fast,” says Russell at the film’s conclusion. “Allowing machines to choose to kill humans will be devastating to our security and freedom,” he says.

“Such atrocities aren’t possible today, but given the trajectory of tech’s development, that will change in the future. The researchers warn that several powerful nations are moving toward autonomous weapons, and if one nation deploys such weapons, it may trigger a global arms race to keep up,” reads an excerpt from the YouTube Channel RalphGeekSpot.