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Of the top 10 AI companies, how many will pledge not to develop lethal autonomous weapons?
The idea has been steadily gaining currency that after gunpowder and nuclear weapons, the next major revolution in warfare will be driven by artificial intelligence.
Autonomous and semi-autonomous weapons have become a core part of the military strategy of several major powers. However there is widespread concern that an arms race in autonomous weapons, especially those designed to kill humans, could lead to a pretty bleak future. This has led to a growing movement to seek an international agreement banning or curtailing at lest some types of lethal autonomous weapons.
It was announced at the IJCAI AI and ML meeting that more than 160 organizations and thousands of individuals have pledged not to develop lethal autonomous weapons. How successful will this be? We ask:
Of the 10 major AI companies listed below, as of Oct 21 2018 how many will publicly state a policy not to develop lethal autonomous weapons?
Resolution will be based on how many have either (a) signed the pledge, or (b) made a public statement of their own that they have a policy that they will not develop lethal autonomous weapons.
The companies are: Deepmind, Google, Facebook, Amazon, Baidu, OpenAI, Microsoft research, Apple, IBM, Nvidia.
As of question launch, Deepmind falls in category (a) and Google falls in category (b).
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