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Hawking, Musk, Researchers Warn of 'Inevitable' AI Arms Race

If any major military moves ahead with developing artificial intelligence weapons, a global arms race of robotic killing machines is virtually inevitable, according to an open letter signed by Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and hundreds of other robotics researchers.

Autonomous weapons — or weapons not controlled by humans — include weapons like armed quadcopters that can search and kill people meeting at a certain place at a certain time. They don’t include cruise missiles or remotely piloted drones, which humans control.

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