Should we fear killer robots?

Image License Photo: NASA / DARPA 14 NOV 17 20:48 ET By Paul Scharre (CNN) — Physicist Stephen Hawking recently warned of the dangers of artificial intelligence and “powerful autonomous weapons.” Autonomous technology is racing forward, but international discussions on managing the potential risks are already underway. This week, nations enter the fourth year of international discussions at the United Nations on lethal autonomous weapons, or what some have called “killer robots.” The UN talks are oriented on future weapons, but simple automated weapons to shoot down incoming missiles have been widely used for decades. The same computer technology that powers self-driving...

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