Concerns grow about AI weapons

By Song Jong Ho
Pyongtang Times

Recently, government delegates and experts of different countries got together in Geneva to discuss the restrictions on the development of weapons to which this technology is applied.

Many participants said that as AI may form unpredictable judgements, it is irresponsible to introduce the technology into weapons and it is also intolerable in light of ethics, and called for adopting restrictive measures.

This means that there should be human judgements in order to honour laws and ethics and the decision concerning human lives cannot be entrusted to AI.

The lethal robots that can attack enemy without human involvement can cited as an example.

If AI applied to such an automatic lethal weapon makes a wrong judgement, the robot will make a fatal error in movement, then the consequence will be irreparable.

Hence the heated debate over the restrictions on the development of AI weapons.

Academic personages including the developer of AI go program met for the international AI meeting in 2017 and sent an open letter to the United Nations to appeal to it to prohibit the use of deadly robots in war as it banned the use of biochemical weapons.

Since then meetings have been held on a regular basis to discuss the restrictions, but no fruits have been reaped due to a wide divergence of opinion between nations.

Lots of experts admit that AI has offered a totally new concept to the military field. But they still fail to advance a definite view on any rational way to control the introduction of it into lethal weapons.

Any technology that does harm to humans is undesirable, however new and cutting-edge it may be.

As the AI technology is applied to wider aspects of human life, more and more acute problems crop up and it is an urgent task to solve such problems.

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