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Elon Musk warns UN it needs to act now to stop ‘killer robots’

Elon Musk warns that we need to stop making 'killer robots' now
Killer robots may become a feature of the future unless action is taken now (Picture: 20th Century Fox)

Out of control killer robots fighting wars faster than humans can even comprehend sounds very much like Skynet gone wrong.

But according to leading robotics experts, including SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, such a future is a distinct possibility unless something is done to stop it.

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More than 100 artificial intelligence leaders have warned of a ‘third revolution in warfare’ in a letter urging the United Nations to take action now.

‘Once developed, they will permit armed conflict to be fought at a scale greater than ever, and at timescales faster than humans can comprehend,’ the letter says.

‘These can be weapons of terror, weapons that despots and terrorists use against innocent populations, and weapons hacked to behave in undesirable ways,’ it adds.

Elon Musk warns that we need to stop making 'killer robots' now
Calls have been made for a preemptive ban before (Picture: Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
Elon Musk warns that we need to stop making 'killer robots' now
Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, is among the critics (Picture: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

The letter warns the UN that ‘we do not have long to act’ and that ‘once this Pandora’s box is opened, it will be hard to close.’

A UN group focusing on autonomous weaponry is next set to meet in November after a meeting scheduled for this Monday was postponed.

A ban on killer robots has been discussed before and in 2015 1,000 experts, including Stephen Hawking, made a similar warning.

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