AI Experts call for boycott of South Korean University building Killer Robots

A boycott has been called by leading artificial intelligence researcher against a South Korean university as concerns raised on development of killer robots.

Marcus Zallman
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According to reports, The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) has formed a partnership with Hannah Systems, a leading defence manufacturer to ‘ “accelerate the arms race” and developing autonomous weapons.

An open letter, which has 57 signatories from 30 countries has been issued to KAIST which outlines that the research institutes will no longer visit or collaborate with the university as it is actively engaged with the development of autonomous weapons.

The letter states, that “It is regrettable that a prestigious institution like KAIST looks to accelerate the arms race to develop such weapons.”

Sung-Chul Shin, who is the President of KIST has responded to the open letter, and has claimed that the university has ‘no interest or intention’ of developing autonomous weapons and he “reaffirms once again that KAIST will not conduct any research activities counter to human dignity including autonomous weapons lacking meaningful human control”

Universities and Research Institues have expressed concerns of developing AI enabled autonomous weapons, of fear of creating a real world ‘SKYNET’ scenario. For those of you not familiar with James Cameron’s blockbuster hit, The Terminator, SKYNET is an AI program that’s sole intention was to eliminate the worlds population with the use of Atomic, and Robotic war machines.

Elon Musk believes that artificial intelligence (AI) will most likely be the destruction of humanity.

In Geneva next week, the United Nations will host a meeting to look at autonomous weapons and more than 20 countries have called for a total ban on the the development and deployment of  the tech.