China and Russia are spending huge amounts of resources to create terrifying autonomous weapons which are being referred to as killer robots. This particular move as the potential to put the world’s power on track for an entirely different arms race. According to a report by Defense One, China and Russia are investing in a robot army. US Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work, while speaking at a forum hosted by Center for a New American Security said,
We know that China is already investing heavily in robotics and autonomy and the Russian Chief of General Staff [Valery Vasilevich] Gerasimov recently said that the Russian military is preparing to fight on a roboticized battlefield.
Concerns over these killer robots have mounted in the recent past given substantial new developments in the field of artificial intelligence. It was learned that over a thousand artificial intelligence researchers co-signed an open letter urging a ban on autonomous weapons. This letter brought names like Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, and Stephen Hawking into the crosshairs. Based on reports from Defense One, Russian Strategic Missile Forces announced that armed sentry robots capable of selecting and destroying targets will be deployed at five missile installations. According to RT, Vyacheslav Khalitov, Deputy Director General of Russian Defense Contractor Uralvagonzavod said that Russia planned to show the prototypes of killer robots within the next two years. Reportedly, China recently announced that it planned on unleashing killer robots to fight terrorism. Whether or not these killer robots are put to war against terror is another story, it’s the missing human element that has countless human rights activists worried.
So far, there is no exact date as to when these killer robots may be revealed to the world however, if they are completely autonomous with advanced artificial intelligence elements incorporated, think something like The Terminator perhaps.You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ for more updates. Otherwise fill in the subscription box above, or subscribe to our RSS Feed.