Humans under threat from killer robots as expert calling for treaty with machines warns

Robots dance for visitors on first opening day of the China Luoyang International Robot and Intelligent Equipment Exhibition

Expert fears robots could soon become a threat to humans (file pic)

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Mr Fanti fears robots – and humans – could be abused (stock photo)

He has published a paper detailing the challenges the machines present and outlined his fears that people will abuse robots and that it will be a “shambles” if they try to integrate with human life, The Local reported . Mr Fanti was speaking at the Lexing conference in Shanghai where legal experts met to discuss the future of robotics and other technologies.

The lawyer added: “Robots are the future and they will be everywhere in our daily life. If we don’t act, if we don’t put laws in place, there will be deaths.

Others have previously warned about the risks of using dangerous artificial intelligence.

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Brandon Sherretts called on humans to pledge their allegiance to robots to save the world from killer machines.

He founded the International Registry of Humans Pledging Allegiance to Killer Robots in a bid to give potential future robot overlords the names of loyal subjects.

He quickly gathered dozens of names from as far afield as USA, Mexico, Argentina, New Zealand and Brazil.

Meanwhile a report from an Oxford University team warned that the rise of robots could wipe out swathes of humanity and that governments are failing to prepare properly.

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Some fear that robots could wipe out humanity because governments are not properly prepared for their rise to autonomy

Catastrophic climate change, nuclear war and natural disasters such as super volcanoes and asteroids could also pose a deadly risk to mankind, researchers said.

The report Global Catastrophic Risks ranked dangers that could wipe out 10% or more of the human population.

It warned that while most generations never experience a catastrophe, they are far from fanciful, as the bouts of plague and the 1918 Spanish flu that wiped out millions illustrated.

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