A UN group had been scheduled to meet on Monday to discuss autonomous weapons, including drones, automated machine guns and tanks. However, the meeting has been postponed until November, according to the group’s website.
AI experts from across 26 different countries emphasized the pressing need for the UN to take action on Monday, while they warned lethal autonomous weapons threatened to become the “third revolution in warfare.”
“We do not have long to act. Once this Pandora’s box is opened, it will be hard to close,” they said.
In 2015, over 1,000 tech experts, researchers and scientists signed a letter warning about the dangers of autonomous weaponry. Among the signatories two years ago were scientist Stephen Hawking, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and Elon Musk.