Predictably, some quarters were very disturbed by the report. Professor Noel Sharkey, a spokesperson for the Campaign To Stop Killer Robots, called it a “shocking and frightening report that could lead to the proliferation of AI weapons making decisions about who to kill.”
Of course, the commission would say that’s an exaggeration. It did say that it wants the decision to launch nuclear weapons to remain fully in the hands of humans – ie. the President of the United States, not some computer that could potentially go wacky.
So put aside (for now) your Hollywood-inspired nightmares (or fantasies) of computers achieving sentience, launching nukes and killing everyone.
The star-studded commission which produced the report included current and former industry leaders and civil servants, including ex-Google CEO Eric Schmidt, ex-Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work, and incoming Amazon CEO Andy Jassy.