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UN conference on AI weapons

  • March 26, 2019
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Officials and experts from about 70 countries are discussing possible restrictions on lethal autonomous weapons equipped with artificial intelligence.

The conference started at the United Nations Office at Geneva on Monday.

A representative from Austria said it is irresponsible and unethical to use AI for weapons, because the technology could make decisions that are incomprehensible to humans. Delegates from other countries also called for international regulations.

But a representative from the United States opposed the idea, saying AI technology could help develop a new type of weapons that could reduce collateral damage to civilians.

Japanese officials say they want to take an active role in the discussions. Ambassador to the Conference on Disarmament Nobushige Takamizawa says governments need to agree on what kinds of weapons should be banned, if they want to impose regulations.

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