Austria Calls For Rapid Regulation as It Hosts Meeting on ‘Killer Robots’

Austria Calls For Rapid Regulation as It Hosts Meeting on ‘Killer Robots’ (



from the tussle-continues dept.

Austria called on Monday for fresh efforts to regulate the use of AI in weapons systems that could create so-called ‘killer robots’, as it hosted a conference aimed at reviving largely stalled discussions on the issue. From a report: With AI technology advancing rapidly, weapons systems that could kill without human intervention are coming ever closer, posing ethical and legal challenges that most countries say need addressing soon. “We cannot let this moment pass without taking action. Now is the time to agree on international rules and norms to ensure human control,” Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg told the meeting of non-governmental and international organisations as well as envoys from 143 countries.

“At least let us make sure that the most profound and far-reaching decision, who lives and who dies, remains in the hands of humans and not of machines,” he said in an opening speech to the conference entitled “Humanity at the Crossroads: Autonomous Weapons Systems and the Challenge of Regulation.” Years of discussions at the United Nations have produced few tangible results and many participants at the two-day conference in Vienna said the window for action was closing rapidly.

Thus spake the master programmer:
“When a program is being tested, it is too late to make design changes.”
— Geoffrey James, “The Tao of Programming”


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