Autonomous And Intelligent Weapons: The Future Of War Is Already Here

The next superpower war could last for a short time, and man could be relegated to a second-floor role. In fact, they could be robots, drones and various electronic systems, much faster and more efficient than humans.

We are not talking about a distant future: this is the “present.” Last May Google employees protested against the support that the company is offering to the Pentagon in the development of artificial intelligence drones, while a few weeks ago 400 scientists discussed banning research in the field of autonomous weapons. Who works with artificial intelligence every day and knows its potential, is (or professed) “scared” by the risks of the intelligent arms race. Andrea Kisrch explains this in an article recently published in Quartz.

Electronic soldiers. Compared to the real-life soldiers, smart weapons offer many advantages: they never disobey, they are never tired, they can carry out their lethal assignment in impossible conditions for a human being, they have no ethical doubts and they do not need training Last but not least, they cannot perish in combat, leaving a void in their own lines and, incidentally, widows and orphans to attend.

Another important aspect is communication: to put a machine into battle seems more “acceptable” for public opinion.

I’ll do it in the basement. How to stop this threat in the bud? History teaches that non-proliferation treaties are of little use. But if building a finished atomic bomb requires equipment and equipment that is difficult to hide from the international community, it takes little to build an intelligent weapon.

For example, conventional tanks and aircraft are already equipped with sensors, cameras and radars that allow remote control. It is enough to equip them with the appropriate AI systems, for example derived from those used in cars without drivers, to turn them into unstoppable autonomous weapons.

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