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Tech Leaders Sign Global Pledge Against Autonomous Weapons


Artist's conception of an autonomous weapon.

Technology industry executives, engineers, and scientists have signed a pledge not to participate in or support the development, manufacture, trade, or use of lethal autonomous weapons.

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A coalition of prominent CEOs, engineers, and scientists from the technology industry signed a global pledge to neither participate in nor support the development, manufacture, trade, or use of lethal autonomous weapons.

"We...call upon governments and government leaders to create a future with strong international norms, regulations, and laws against lethal autonomous weapons," the pledge says.

Released at the 2018 International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Sweden, the pledge was signed by 150 companies and more than 2,400 individuals from 90 countries working in artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics.

Toby Walsh at the University of New South Wales in Australia said, "we cannot hand over the decision as to who lives and who dies to machines."

Corporate signatories include Google DeepMind, University College London, the XPRIZE Foundation, the European Association for AI, and the Swedish AI Society.

From University of New South Wales Sydney Newsroom
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