According to Future of Life Institute, 160 companies and 2,400 individuals have signed a pledge in which it is stated that “neither participate in nor support the development, manufacture, trade or use of lethal autonomous weapons.”, During the Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence from today. The people who signed are from 90 different countries and from this category take part Google DeepMind, Xprize Foundation, Elon Musk and many more.
This pledge aims to prove that the new technologies such as Google’s Project Maven Pentagon and Amazon’s facial recognition will not bring any bad into the world even though they are being criticised.
What the pledge says “Thousands of AI researchers agree that by removing the risk, attributability, and difficulty of taking human lives, lethal autonomous weapons could become powerful instruments of violence and oppression, especially when linked to surveillance and data systems,” they also added that the person who signed the pledge “the decision to take a human life should never be delegated to a machine.”
A statement made by Future of Life Institute’s President Max Tegmark stated: “I’m excited to see AI leaders shifting from talking to action, implementing a policy that politicians have thus far failed to put into effect.” “AI has huge potential to help the world — if we stigmatize and prevent its abuse. AI weapons that autonomously decide to kill people are as disgusting and destabilizing as bioweapons, and should be dealt with in the same way.”
Elon Musk donated in 2015 $10 million to the Future of Life Institute to help a program which focuses on ensuring AI will be beneficial to humanity.
Furthermore, Hassabis, Musk, and Suleyman signed a letter regarding the Future of Life Institute which was sent to the UN and was about the regulation of autonomous weapons systems.
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