Dear Noble Robo-Witness,

Shown in Figure 1, below, is a scary impression of a very IMPORTANT type of robot – – a KILLER ROBOT powered by AI (Artificial Intelligence)!   

Figure 1.  An Autonomous KILLER ROBOT Uses Its Own AI  To “Ax” A Young Child Of OUR FUTURE!

It is important, because (as is pictured), such a KILLER ROBOT often functions as an autonomous, that is, “self-regulating,” KILLER ROBOT!   Many people – – WORLDWIDE – – are very worried that such a “self-regulating” KILLER ROBOT may eventually escape our HUMAN CONTROL!  – – WHY?  The reason is that the robot’s own AI (Artificial Intelligence) may somehow “take over,” and begin to direct the robot to KILL HUMAN BEINGS on its OWN!  The legitimate fear is that – – sooner than we might expect – – the AI of such  KILLER ROBOTS may actually progress Far BEYOND the NI (Natural Intelligence) of the HUMAN MINDS that once controlled it!  And, as you can clearly see, one terrifying implication of the figure, is that the Unsuspecting Young Children of OUR FUTURE may be the ones to get KILLED by a deadly robot’s AI AX”

U.N. Head Calls For A Ban, Others Also Give Warnings!

On November 11, 2018, there was a Paris Peace Forum that marked the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War I.  Antonio Guterres, the Secretary General of the United Nations, formally recognized the danger of lethal autonomous weapons (such as KILLER ROBOTS), during his address:  “Imagine the consequences of an autonomous system that could, by itself, target and attack human beings.  I call upon States to ban these weapons, which are politically unacceptable and morally repugnant.”   See UN head calls for a ban https://www.stopkillerrobots.org/2018/11/unban/

“I can build you a killer robot in just two weeks,” bragged Professor Noel Sharkey, a well-known specialist in robotics and AI, in the article, Resistance to killer robots is growing.  See, https://www.dwcom/en/resistance-to-killer-robots-growing/a-48040866   He was attending an international meeting of the CAMPAIGN TO STOP KILLER ROBOTS, being held in Berlin, Germany, on March 24, 2019.  The Professor “objects to talking about ‘lethal autonomous weapons systems’ (LAWS) as if they were something out of a science-fiction novel,” the article quickly alarms us.  “‘Fully autonomous weapons systems are in fact a well-established reality, he says, adding that there is no need to argue about the definition . . .: These are weapons that seek, select, and attack targets on their own. . . . .  Soldiers no longer push the firing button with such weapons; instead, the weapons themselves use built-in software to find and strike targets.  Such weapons can come in the form of missiles, unmanned ground vehicles, submarines, or swarms of mini-drones.”

Dr. Sharkey is one of the leaders in the CAMPAIGN TO STOP KILLER ROBOTS.  He pointedly warns us that, “‘We all know that a machine is incapable of making moral decisions.’  He notes that a machine cannot differentiate between combatants and civilians, as stipulated by international law, referring to failed attempts of facial recognition, in which innocent civilians were identified as supposed criminals.  Facial recognition depends on artificial intelligence (AI) to autonomously find a person of interest.  Once the machine has identified that person, it can attack on its own!   A growing number of critics are horrified by such a scenario.

The United States And Russia are Still BOTH Fighting FOR The Unrestricted Use of KILLER ROBOTS! 

Russia, United States attempt to legitimize killer robots, a recent (August 22, 2019) paper has forebodingly alerted us.  “Russia and the United States are continuing their losing fight against the inevitable treaty that’s coming for killer robots.   . . . . . . At this week’s Convention on Conventional Weapons (CCW) meeting, Jordan joined the list of 29 states urging a ban on killer robots, in order to retain human control over the use of force.”  This article is at https://www.stopkillerrobots.org/2019/08/russia-united-states-attempt-to-legitimize-killer-robots/

This article reports quite honestly, that, “Russia and United States repeatedly rejected any references in the meeting’s final report on the need for ‘human control’ over the use of force.  Both states are investing significant funds to develop weapons systems with decreasing human control over the critical functions of selecting and engaging targets.”   Soooooo . . . How would YOU  like to face one or more of the RUSSIAN KILLER ROBOTS – – that you can see by going to https://images.search.yahoo.com/yhs/search_ylt=AwrExdlvllhdn1UAZi….search&ei=UTF-8&n=60&x=wrt&hsimp=yhs-att_001&hspart=att&y=Search

Well, Dear Robo-Witness!  How would YOU  be able to know, whether one or more of these deadly KILLER ROBOTS has autonomously selected YOU as its target, ON ITS OWN , without any HUMAN CONTROL?  We WISH YOU LOTS OF LUCK, on that!  – – Gulp!