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AI Experts Make A Movie, In Bid To Stop New Killer drones

SYDNEY – The Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, an international coalition working to ban the development of fully autonomous weapons, has ramped up its warnings, releasing a short, professionally produced sci-fi movie that envisages the arrival of autonomous killer drones.

Enabled by artificial intelligence and facial recognition, these are tiny drones equipped with explosives that, in the movie, are deployed in vast swarms.

Lead drones are sacrificed to explode against walls and windows, allowing the rest of the swarm to gain entry to buildings where they seek out and kill selected individuals: equivalent to more than 8000 students in universities around the world, or one side of the house in the US Senate.

The movie has been produced with support from the Future of Life Institute. It is due to be posted on YouTube today and will be shown at a meeting of the UN’s Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) on lethal autonomous weapons, meeting in Geneva from November 13-17.

AI expert Stuart Russell, professor of computer science at the University of Berkeley, participated in the making of the movie and, at the end, warns that it is not mere speculation.

“It shows the results of integrating and miniaturising technologies that we already have … Allowing machines to choose to kill humans will be devastating to our security and freedom.”

Toby Walsh, an AI professor at the University of NSW, said the academic community had sent a clear and consistent message. “Autonomous weapons will be weapons of terror, the perfect tool for those who have no qualms about the terrible uses to which they are put. We need to act now before this future arrives.” – Stuart Corner

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