futurism
Why Banning Killer AI Is Easier Said Than Done

As we head deeper into the 21st century, the prospect of getting robots to do the dirty business of killing gets closer with each passing day. In Max Tegmark’s new book, Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence, the MIT physicist and founder of the Future of Life Institute contemplates this seemingly sci-fi possibility, weighing the potential benefits of autonomous machines in warfare with the tremendous risks. The ultimate challenge, he says, will be convincing world powers to pass on this game-changing technology. Read More >>

weapons
Autonomous Killing Machines Are More Dangerous Than We Think

A former Pentagon official is warning that autonomous weapons would likely be uncontrollable in real-world situations thanks to design failures, hacking, and external manipulation. The answer, he says, is to always keep humans “in the loop.” Read More >>

military
The UN Will Debate Whether to Ban Killer Robots

Whether or not to pre-emptively ban killer robots will be a point of debate at a United Nations meeting next week. And yes, “killer robots” sounds like a sci-fi cliché, but this is the reality of the future of warfare, and this debate is unlikely to do much other than highlight how sinister military tech may become. Read More >>