Jan 13 2015

January 13, 2015

After the first conference held by the Future of Life Institute on the “future of artificial intelligence” in Puerto Rico on Jan. 2-4, prominent scientists and researchers from industry and academia issued an open letter calling for AI and smart machine research that is “robust and beneficial” to humanity, linking to a document outlining “research directions that can help maximize the societal benefit of AI,” including numerous questions on ‘lethal autonomous weapons systems.’ On January 14, Elon Musk announced a $10 million donation to implement the research call. The Campaign to Stop Killer Robots welcomed the initiative’s inclusion of autonomous weapons concerns as an interdisciplinary research priority.