‘Scary’ robot soldiers will make war more likely, says Brit godfather of AI

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    Robot soldiers will be "pretty scary" and make the chances of war more likely, according to the Brit godfather of AI.

    Geoffrey Hinton, who recently left his role at Google to freely discuss the dangers of artificial intelligence, said he "regrets" his part in the rapid advances of the technology.

    The Cambridge-educated computer scientist revolutionised the industry through his work on artificial neural networks. But he has warned such progress brings dangerous possibilities of "agile" Terminator-style killing machines.

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    Hinton claimed the US defence department would "love to make robot soldiers". And with no danger of losing actual human troops droids pose a threat to the safety of smaller nations as aggressors "won't have to worry" about how many soldiers they would lose.

    Speaking on The New York Times Daily podcast the 72-year-old tech guru said: "What's happened to me over the last year is I've changed my mind completely about whether these are just not yet adequate attempts to model what's going on in the brain.

    "That's why they started off. The US defence department would like to make robot soldiers. Now robot soldiers are going to be pretty scary."

    He said the bots could move over rough ground while shooting people.

    "If they're sending robot soldiers instead of worrying about how many Marines are going to die, the people who fund the politicians are going to say 'great, you're going to send these expensive weapons that are going to get used up'," he continued.

    "The military industrial complex would just love robot soldiers." And he also feared that a time will come when the robots could be "more intelligent than us and just take over".

    "If you give one of these super intelligent agents a goal, it's going to very quickly realise that a good sub-goal for more or less any goal, is to get more power," he continued.

    "We love to get control and that's a very sensible goal to have. If you've got control you can get more done.

    "But these things are going to want to get control too for the same reason, just in order to get more done and that's the scary direction.

    "There will be bad actors that make it more efficient."

    Geoffrey said he saw little chance of human stopping the march of AI tech.

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    • Robots
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