The experts’ warning comes after the failure of a United Nations conference to agree on a ban on lethal weapons, which are being developed by several countries, most notably China, Russia and the United States.
The British newspaper, The Sun, said that international powers are investing billions to manufacture “advanced smart weapons that can target and strike their targets without human intervention.”
Experts say that these weapons are “advancing very quickly,” noting that countries and governments “have not yet properly assessed the risks.”
They explained that these machines will be able to make decisions individually, and they will be “prone to errors.”
“It is a world in which inevitable algorithmic errors can wipe out entire cities,” said Professor James Dawes of Macalester College in the US.
“The world must not repeat the disastrous mistakes of the nuclear arms race,” he added.
“This technology is evolving much faster than the military-political debate,” said MIT professor Max Tegmark.
He continued, “It can be said that we are heading, by default, to the worst possible outcome.”