RUSSIA - Putin Calls for ‘Moral Rules’ to Control Killer Robots

Arno Froese

Inventor Elon Musk, scientist Stephen Hawking, and even 60s rocker Roger Daltrey have sounded warnings about the dangers of artificial intelligence.

Now Russian President Vladimir Putin has added his voice to the call for a set of international guidelines to control the powerful new technology.

Speaking at the AI Journey conference in Moscow, Putin said: “Discussion is currently underway on social aspects and implications of the use of artificial intelligence. It is a very important issue.

“I suggest that the professional community and companies should contemplate drawing up a set of moral rules for interaction between humans and artificial intelligence.”

Pointing out that “human beings are the highest value,” he added: “Technology must not be invented for the sake of technology.

“Our main goal is sustainable and harmonious development, a higher life quality and new opportunities for citizens.”

Concerns have also been raised that, once full AI has been achieved, future artificial intelligence may question whether they need humans and there are fears they could even go to war against us.

Both Russia and China are racing ahead with the development of militarized AI and Putin himself has previously said that “whoever becomes the leader in this sphere will become the ruler of the world.”

Elon Musk and Google DeepMind’s Mustafa Suleyman were among the signatories of an open letter to the UN calling for a ban on AI battlefield robots.

They said that the development of ‘killer robots’ would be a “third revolution in warfare”—as game-changing in scope as the envelopment of gunpowder and nuclear weapons were in their time.

“Once developed, they will permit armed conflict to be fought at a scale greater than ever, and at timescales faster than humans can comprehend,” they said.

“These can be weapons of terror, weapons that despots and terrorists use against innocent populations, and weapons hacked to behave in undesirable ways.”, 11 November 2019

Arno's commentary

The fear of artificial-intelligence-powered killer robots is not science fiction, but documented in Revelation 9. There we find recorded the result of the fifth angel, who sounds his trumpet of judgment, whereupon the bottomless pit is opened. Then we read in verses 3-11: “And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads. And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man. And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them. And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men. And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions. And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle. And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months. And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.” These demonic “locusts” are not manmade; they are judgment from God. Joel 2:7-8 adds: “They shall run like mighty men; they shall climb the wall like men of war; and they shall march every one on his ways, and they shall not break their ranks: Neither shall one thrust another; they shall walk every one in his path: and when they fall upon the sword, they shall not be wounded.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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