It's safe to say that artificial intelligence isn't having the greatest of times at the moment.
Earlier this week Elon Musk warned that AI could become an "immortal dictator" while a supercomputer has recently started composing it's own incredibly creepy poetry.
Now experts in AI are also becoming sceptical about its use as a group of experts have chosen to boycott a university in South Korea who has gone into partnership with a weapons manufacturer.
The Korea Advanced Institue of Science and Technology (KAIST) has received a letter of concern signed by more than 50 AI experts after announcing that they would be opening a joint research centre with Hanwha Systems.
Hanwa has already developed robotic sentry guns that patrol the border between South and North Korea and, according to The Verge, have built cluster munitions banned by many major nations.
The defence company want to "develop artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to be applied to military weapons" that could operate without human control, according to The Korean Times
Yeah, this doesn't sound like The Terminator movies at all...does it?
The opposition to the university, which is renowned for its research in robotics, was organised by Professor Toby Walsh of the University of New South Wales.
Experts from 30 countries also added their signature to Walsh's boycott, who said in a press statement:
We can see prototypes of autonomous weapons under development today by many nations including the US, China, Russia, and the UK.
We are locked into an arms race that no one wants to happen. KAIST’s actions will only accelerate this arms race. We cannot tolerate this.
In an attempt to reassure us that Judgement Day isn't just around the corner, KAIST president Shin Sung-chul said that the new facility would not be developing any weapons.