International team of experts demands boycott of autonomous weapons development

Ahead of an important UN meeting that will address the challenges of autonomous lethal weapons, a group of 50 leading experts in artificial intelligence and robotics have called for a boycott of Korea's leading Institute of Science and Technology - KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology). which develops military systems based on AI.

The boycott was initiated by Toby Walsh, one of the leading AI specialists at the University of New Wales (Sydney). Earlier in 2015 and 2017, he had already issued open letters calling for a complete ban on military artificial intelligence.

Back in 2015, we warned of the danger of an autonomous arms race, says Walsh. - It started. Prototypes of autonomous weapons have emerged and are being developed in many countries, including the United States, China, Russia and the United Kingdom.

In response, KAIST President Sun-Chup Shin hastened to reassure his colleagues by issuing a statement denying accusations of developing autonomous percussion systems.

“Our center is focused on developing algorithms for efficient logic systems, unmanned navigation systems and aviation training, ” explains Shin. "KAIST will be responsible for training researchers and providing advice."

While 22 countries have already called for a ban on autonomous weapons, the leading countries in military technology are actively working in this direction. Russia recently demonstrated an autonomous deep-sea submarine with a nuclear installation with an unlimited cruising range, capable of destroying strategic enemy targets. Similar systems are being developed in the United States.