Popularly known words of Rasha Abdul Rahim that killer robots no longer are the stuff in science fiction (Amnesty International’s advisor on artificial intelligence and human rights.), are now the headlines of news. With the rapid innovations in AI listing from drones to automated guns with self-target searching capacity, advances in armaments is outpacing the international law.
Human Rights Watch and Harvard Law School’s International Human Rights Clinic leaders have already issued a strict waring stating, “Nations around the world are not involving enough in banning the development of autonomous weapons, the so called- killer robots” and also submitted a joint report to completely ban these systems before reaching the military arsenals. Later, other groups including Amnesty International also went hand in hand, for a treaty to ban such weaponry before the ‘CCW Group of Governmental Experts on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems’ meeting in Geneva.
The first meeting held previous year resulted in many nations approving ban on weapons which can identify and fire directly on targets without basic human intervention. Till date, 26 nations including Austria, Brazil and Egypt have called for a ban on outright killer robots. Unlike the United States, France, Great Britain, Israel, South Korea and Russia who have registered an opposition on creating any legal bound prohibitions of such weaponries or usage of any AI’s in their technology.
Looking into the public opinions based on Brookings Institution survey conducted last week- showing a mixed pole where, Public opinion being mixed. With 30 percent of American adults supported in developing of artificial intelligence technologies for warfare, 39 percent in opposition and 32 percent being unsure.
Gradually increasing support for the use of AI capabilities in weapons is seen in the Americans with the impact of adversaries with 45 percent supports U.S. efforts to develop AI weapons, 25 percent opposing and 30 percent remaining unsure.