AI experts have put together a seven-minute film that depicts a terrifying future where tiny killer drones are programmed to carry out mass killings.
Made by an advocacy group called Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, the footage shows palm-sized drones, armed with explosives, finding and attacking people without human supervision.
These tiny drones can kill with ruthless efficiency and campaigners warn a preemptive ban on the technology is needed to stop a new era of horrific mass destruction.
Military robots are not all bad.
Sure, there are risks and downsides of weaponised artificial intelligence (AI), but there are upsides too. Robots offer greater precision in attacks, reduced risk of collateral damage to civilians, and reduced risk of “friendly fire”.
AI weapons are not being developed as weapons of mass destruction. They are being developed as weapons of precise destruction. In the right hands, military AI facilitates ever greater precision and ever greater compliance with international humanitarian law.
Rather than looking like the impressive Robocops in the blockbuster films, the robots resemble vacuum cleaners.
“You sound cute, got a picture?”
“Nicole, your [sic] beautiful, are you single?”
“I love you, Jen.”
Those may sound like messages from a dating app, but they’re actually real emails people have sent to customer service representatives at places like car dealerships, insurance companies and education firms.
The problem: Those customer service reps aren’t human. They’re algorithm-powered software programs created by Conversica, a company that specializes in conversational artificial intelligence.
With each advance in robotics and AI, we’re inching closer to the day when sophisticated machines will match human capacities in every way that’s meaningful—intelligence, awareness, and emotions. Once that happens, we’ll have to decide whether these entities are persons, and if—and when—they should be granted human-equivalent rights, freedoms, and protections.
A robotic policeman which can help identify wanted criminals and collect evidence has joined Dubai’s police force and will patrol busy areas in the city, as part of a government programme aimed at replacing some human crime-fighters with machines.
Zheng Jiajia, 31, an artificial intelligence expert who designs and creates robots in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, created the “female” robot at the end of last year, the Qianjiang Evening News reported.
The robot, which he named Yingying, can identify Chinese characters and images and even say a few simple words, the report said.
“Long-term, our ultimate goal is to be able to predict and prevent crime,” he said, by analyzing past data with real-time, on-site information collected by the robots. “Then maybe we have the ability to put the robots into a patrol state where they are hitting those hotspots.”
The draft report, approved by 17 votes to two and two abstentions by the European Parliament Committee on Legal Affairs, proposes that “The most sophisticated autonomous robots could be established as having the status of electronic persons with specific rights and obligations, including that of making good any damage they may cause.”
A new material has been created that can self-assemble into a swarm, acting as a single-minded unit.
The material, which is made up of a set up spheres, is able to automatically arrange into a pattern when exposed to an electric field.
In the future, this could be used to create armies of robots that act as a relentless, single-minded unit.
Uber drivers who pay a visit to the company’s inspection lot near Mission Bay in San Francisco will be met with a rather strange sight: a five-foot-tall, white, egg-shaped robot wheeling around the lot, on the look-out for trouble.
Self-Driving Robots To Deliver Food In London
Six-wheeled delivery robots which trundle along at 4mph will soon be used to deliver meals to homes around London.
The self-driving robots can navigate through city streets using a GPS tracker coupled with on-board cameras and sensors.
Corporations exist to make money. Circumvent the free market and, unless you also implement some sort of draconian price and profit controls, businesses will find a way to shore up the bottom line. In this case, that means finding a replacement for employees who’ve decided to price themselves out of a job.
In just a matter of years it could be possible to upload the mind of someone who has recently died to a computer, immortalizing their essence in a robot clone.