Over 17900 scientists and technologists have signed an open letter urging world governments to inhibit the development of Autonomous Weapons.
Autonomous weapons are weapons that select targets without human intervention. It might include armed copters with targeting criteria. It does not include such things as remote controlled drones which involve a human making the targeting and firing choice. The letter states that autonomous weaponry is feasible within the next few years and represents the next era of warfare following on from the nuclear arms race. Noted signatories include Stephen Hawking, Steve Wozniak and Elon Musk.
The letter is available at future life.
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