Thursday, April 5, 2018

Our Glorious (Killer-Robot Filled) Future

At KAIST (Koran Advanced Institute of Science and Technology), one of South Korea's premier universities, a lab is working with defense contractors to develop "autonomous weapons."  An international boycott has ensued:
"More than 50 leading academics signed the letter calling for a boycott of Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) and its partner, defence manufacturer Hanwha Systems. The researchers said they would not collaborate with the university or host visitors from KAIST over fears it sought to 'accelerate the arms race to develop' autonomous weapons.
'There are plenty of great things you can do with AI that save lives, including in a military context, but to openly declare the goal is to develop autonomous weapons and have a partner like this sparks huge concern,' said Toby Walsh, the organiser of the boycott and a professor at the University of New South Wales. 'This is a very respected university partnering with a very ethically dubious partner that continues to violate international norms.'”
In South Korea's defense, they do happen to share one of the largest militarized border in the world.  Also, it's hard to believe Western contractors aren't working on the very same technologies, albeit less openly.

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