No fate but what you make: Leading artificial intelligence researchers plead for a ban on autonomous weapons. Paramount Pictures First came gunpowder. Then, nuclear bombs. The next evolution of warfare, experts fear, will be defined by robots — or more precisely, the absence of human decision-making. In an open letter presented Monday at the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Buenos Aires, a who’s who of robotics and AI researchers call for a ban on autonomous weapons systems, arg…


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