Korean university’s AI weapons push rattles experts

Apr 30, 2018, 4:52 AM EDT
(Source: Ecole polytechnique/flickr)
(Source: Ecole polytechnique/flickr)

A group of 50 robotics experts from across 30 countries are boycotting the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) for its tie-up with a defense company, an alliance the fraternity believes could spur a frenetic AI arms race, eventually breeding “killer robots.”

Toby Walsh, a professor at the University of New South Wales and the organizer of the boycott, views the blatant goal of developing autonomous weapons using artificial intelligence as ominous signs for the safety of the Korean region and the world at large, reports The Guardian.

KAIST defended its collaboration with Korean arms company, Hanwha Systems, saying that it endeavors to employ the technology to minimize casualties and preserve life on the battlefield, writes Engadget.