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.
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.
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.