China's brightest teens are studying about AI weapons so Beijing could 'lead the war game'

Mail Online | 11/8/2018 | Tracy You;Joe Pinkstone For Mailonline
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Some of China's smartest high school graduates have been recruited to study the manufacturing of AI weaponry to keep Beijing ahead of the war game.

The Chinese teenagers are studying at Beijing Institute of Technology, a top university in the country specialising in engineering and national defence.

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The class, unveiled last month, comprises 31 students who are selected based on their academic achievements and their level of patriotism, according the school.

AI weapons, called by some as 'killer robots', generally mean automated weapons which select, engage and eliminate human targets without the involvement of other humans.

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It has been described as the third revolution in warfare - after gunpowder and nuclear arms - and has been a controversial topic due to the ethics behind them.

China is among the 26 countries in the United Nations which have endorsed the call for a ban on lethal autonomous weapons systems.

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Commenting on the new course at Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT), Professor Max Tegmark from Massachusetts Institute of Technology told MailOnline: 'By becoming the first superpower to endorse a UN ban on lethal autonomous weapons this year, China showed leadership toward beneficial AI use.

'It would be a shame if BIT squandered this by developing the very weapons its government wants to ban.'

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Currently, robotic systems can utilise AI and develop lethal machines, but they must have 'human oversight'.

Experts stress that all robotic weapons should have a level of 'meaningful human control'.

Dr - Noel - Sharkey - Professor - AI

Dr Noel Sharkey, a Professor of AI and Robotics as well as a Professor of Public Engagement at the University of Sheffield, told MailOnline earlier this year that 'the word "meaningful" is very important as it means someone is involved in deciding the contact and determining the target'.

Professor Sharkey said: 'I don't believe they can adhere to the rules of war. They...
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