Japan will lead a discussion on the use of AI operated weapons in a UN conference this week.
Japan will call strict rules on ‘killer robot’ during a UN conference this week. In the beginning of this month, Tokyo announced lifting the issue of international rules on lethal weapons equipped with artificial intelligence (AI).
Sources said that the island nation is concerned about the fact that autonomous machines can start war, there may be fatal accidents, and the final decision is to decide who is alive or dies. Some Conventional Weapons (CCW) on UN Convention on Geneva is scheduled from 25 to 29 March.
Japan killer to lead robot discussion
Japan wants to take a leadership position on the discussion around the start of international laws. The built-in AI weapons have the ability to lose or target autonomy without human control. Some AI weapons have the ability to decide to kill on the basis of their programming.
In a diet session on January 28, Foreign Minister Taro Kono said, “The way in which gunpowder and nuclear weapons had changed the way of war in the past, artificial intelligence can basically change the curriculum of future wars.”
Many countries including Russia, China and America are currently asked to develop “deadly Autonomous Weapon System” (LAWS). Many international groups have called for a complete ban on such weapons. Opponents of the LAWS say that the decision to take human life should not be given in AI’s hands.
Unfair competition looms
Using LAWS, nations will have an advantage in the war because they can be deployed without any risk to human soldiers. Many concerns that biased programming will be the cause of accidental death.
Japan has indicated that he wants to discuss with the participants how the human can control the use of LAWS and what practices can be kept to limit the ability of fully armed conflict.
Alliance of Latin American countries has demanded a ban on LAWS, but big countries such as the United States and Russia say that such restrictions are very early in the life cycle of technology. Japan has no plans to produce LAWS itself.
“We do not intend to develop any deadly weapon which is completely autonomous and works without human control,” said Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Concerned with private tech leaders
The Japanese government has confirmed that they have plans to research and develop AI or unmanned tools to reduce the burden of security or security forces. This is not just for those nations who are worried about AI’s development of weapons.
The CEO of SpaceX, Elon Musk, has expressed his concern for the rapidly evolving technology. Musk was part of a group that sent an open letter to the United Nations last year, appealing for action on his AI regulation, before it is too late.
Open letter in which other big tech and science personalities such as Stephen Hawking were signed. The group writes, “Once developed, fatal autonomous weapons will allow armed conflict to fight on a much larger scale than before, and can sometimes fight faster than humans. These can be weapons of terror, such weapons that use autocracy and terrorists against the despotic population, and weapons are hacked to behave in an undeserved fashion. We do not have a long time to act. Once this Pandora’s box is opened, it will be difficult to stop it. ”