Zarrar Khuhro Robocalypse now?

The writer is a journalist. SURELY, and not very slowly, the robots are taking over. From the innocuous Roomba to self-driving cars and weapons that can effectively think for themselves, the long-promised and long-feared age of the artificially intelligent automaton is finally here.Now whether this results in a utopian new world of everyday miracles or heralds the twilight of humanity science fiction has long warned us of depends on how smartly and responsibly humanity uses these advancements. And let’s face it, we don’t have a very good track record there. Take the top secret Taranis stealth drone being developed for the British army. This war robot is being pegged as the first drone capable of flying, selecting targets and carrying out strikes without needing a human to call the shots. Teachers, actors and even journalists aren’t safe anymore. If you feel a twinge of dread at this prospect then know that you’re not alone; more than 16,000 artificial intelligence (AI) researchers have signed a petition to the UN calling for world leaders to urgently ban the creation of autonomous and semi-autonomous weapons. Among the petitioners are legendary physicist Stephen Hawkings and Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and SPaceX, the…

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