Humans should get \u2018out of the loop\u2019 of artificial intelligence systems, UTS roboticist Professor Mary-Anne Williams argued last week at an Australian Human Rights Commission technology conference in Sydney.\nAI needn\u2019t consult a flesh and blood individual even when making life or death decisions, said Williams, director of The Magic Lab at the university\u2019s Centre of Artificial Intelligence.\n \nThe rise of autonomous weapons systems which operate without human control is being campaigned against around the world.\n \n\u201cStates must draw the line now against unchecked autonomy in weapon systems by ensuring that the decision to take human life is never delegated to a machine,\u201d theCampaign to Stop Killer Robotsstates.\n \nIn Australia, 122 AI experts last year signed a letter to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull urging him to \u201ctake a firm global stand\u201d against weapons systems that remove \u201cmeaningful human control\u201d when selecting targets and deploying lethal force.\n \nBut such \u2018golden rules\u2019 were dangerous, Williams argued.\n \n\u201cThis golden rule \u2013 very, very dangerous. Golden rules like, really? Didn\u2019t golden rules go out with the Greeks? I think it\u2019s very, very worrisome that people hold on to this, like a security blanket, like a teddy bear. And it\u2019s not going to work,\u201d she said.\n \n\u201cWho is going to challenge an AI? AI is already outperforming people. People have plateaued; you\u2019re not going to challenge an AI. If an AI said shoot to kill \u2013 you\u2019re not going to say don\u2019t shoot. And vice versa. The sooner we throw it out the more opportunity we will have to build a future worth living in.\u201d\n \nEffort would be better spent on making sure such AI systems operated as they were supposed to, Williams added.\n \n\u201cLet\u2019s monitor and be sure that the AI is actually competent, that\u2019s what we should be doing. Not putting us in the loop. Because putting humans with our own frail intellect and cognitive bias in the loop \u2013 what are you doing? \u2013 we need to be out of the loop,\u201d Williams said.\n \n\u201cThe idea that somehow we bring accountability is I think just nonsense,\u201d she added.\nWhat do you think? Do deadly AI systems need a human in the loop? Let us know in the comments below.