The Future of Life Institute has published an open letter decrying the development of autonomous weapon systems. Signed by over 1700 experts from the field of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence, including Professor Stephen Hawking, the letter warns of such systems being available in “years, not decades”.
South Korea currently operates the DoDAMM Super aEgis 2, a completely autonomous turret which can identify and engage targets at a range of several kilometres. Equipped with a thermal imager the turret can identify and lock on to a human at up to 10,000 feet in rain, snow or fog.
Other signatories to the letter include Tesla & SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and Demis Hassabis, the Head of AI Engineering at Google.