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    Artificial Intelligence “Existential Threat” or Boon?

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    The world is gradually waking up to the risk of robot wars. A group of leading tech leaders, have made the headlines, issuing a warning against development of so-called killer robots.

    Autonomous weapons, which use artificial intelligence to select targets without human intervention, have been described as "the third revolution in warfare, after gunpowder and nuclear arms," wrote around 1,000 top technology chiefs in an open letter, presented at the opening of the 2015 International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Buenos Aires.

    On this edition of Looking Forward, the co-hosts Svetlana Ekimenko and Victor Erofeyev are joined by Noel Sharkey, the chairman of the International Committee for Robot Arms Control and an emeritus professor of artificial intelligence and robotics at the University of Sheffield, to look at whether people are right to fear the rise of AI.

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