The robot apocalypse may arrive a bit sooner than expected.
UC Berkeley computer science professor Stuart Russell in a presentation released by the Future of Life Institute — which is backed by Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk — painted the picture of a not-so-distant future filled with tiny autonomous drones, Mercury News reported.
The 7:45-minute fictional clip, called “Slaughterbots” takes viewers to a hypothetical conference where the speaker tosses one of the small drones out into the audience. It quickly turns around and launches itself into the forehead of a dummy, leaving a bullet-sized hole in its wake.
The audience is intrigued, but the clip takes a turn for the chaotic when the small drones launch an unexpected attack — the swarm picking off targets with little to no human input.
“This short film is more than just speculations; it shows the results of integrating and miniaturized technology we already have,” Russell warns at its end.
Stuart Russell, a computer science professor at UC Berkeley, produced a video warning people about the dangers of killer smart robots.
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He added that while artificial intelligence’s “potential to benefit humanity is enormous, even in defense,” to allow sweeping usage of such technology that can “choose to kill humans will be devastating to our security and freedom.
“Thousands of my fellow researchers agree. But the window to act is closing fast.”
The film was released “in response to growing concerns about autonomous weapons” and “depicts a disturbing future in which lethal autonomous weapons have become cheap and ubiquitous,” according to its website.
Russell first presented “Slaughterbots” at the United Nations Convention on National Weapons, which was hosted by the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots.