AI takes over warfare. Is this the rise of Skynet?


This decade has seen a tremendous rise in technology. Robots, fully automated missiles and the works. Weaponizing of Artificial Intelligence(AI) provides a great tactical and technological advantage, it is indeed no doubt a revolution in warfare after the invention of nuclear weapons.  A missile that can think its way through is obviously very dangerous. Will you feel safe if one of those goes above you just because some 18 year old hacker thought it would be cool to do so?

The question is, Is making weaponry fully autonomous a good call?

People have debated over the years over the safety of  fully automated driving cars and these are fully automated weapons that the world is embarking on now.

International communities argue that Weaponisation of AI may further increase the risk of loss of life than decrease it but AI has its benefits if used with proper security, a machine taking bullets for your country instead of a 20 year old guy fresh out of school who would have otherwise gone to his home in a coffin is a perfect example.

Robots with the ability to make life or death decisions may very soon be a common feature of warfare, as the new arms race in the world starts. Countries like USA, China and Russia who have advanced militaries are constantly working to gain the advantage over their global counterparts by harnessing artificial intelligence and weaponing it for war.

The US has put AI at the center of its quest to maintain its military dominance. Robot strike teams, autonomous landmines, missiles with decision-making powers, and covert swarms of minuscule robotic spies were among the technological developments touted in an October report released by the US Department of Defense. Imagine the consequences if such weapons fall into the hands of terrorist organizations like ISIS who kill ruthlessly and that too without reason.

The state-run China Daily newspaper reported that the country had embarked on the development of a cruise missile system with a “high level” of artificial intelligence. The announcement was thought to be a response to the “semi-autonomous” Long Range Anti-Ship Missile expected to be deployed by the US in 2018.

Critics argue a huge risk in doing the same as a weapon with no human interaction if exploited can cause massive destruction. Honestly, nobody wants Autonomous AI Aircrafts like in the movie Stealth, do we? Depending on machines completely, letting it handle our military weapons and nuclear warheads fully on its own is like inviting the creation of Skynet! We all know how the Terminators started don’t we? Do we want that kind of world? I don’t think so.

Unmanned Aerial Combat Vehicle( UCAV )

AI in warfare can actually prevent loss of life to a great deal but there are huge risks that come with it and if anything goes wrong we will have to pay the price for the benefits we have reaped from it. Recent events have already proven how dangerous technology can be, with the WannaCry ransomware Cyber Attack which actually is an Eternal Blue exploit which was actually used by the NSA for spying. Weaponized AI might result in similar results with huge loss of life if it gets into the wrong hands.

Are we really ready to pay the price if that happens? Humans should always rule over machines instead of the other way around. We do not want a robot apocalypse.

Even Stephen Hawking one of the World’s greatest theoretical physicists agrees on the risk of making the world fully automated.

Humans Vs Robots

“The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race…. It would take off on its own, and re-design itself at an ever increasing rate. Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn’t compete, and would be superseded.”

— Stephen Hawking

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Written by Snehasish Nayak

Google Top Contributor (Allo, Duo), a Local Guide, and Founder of TechIncludes. Follow me on twitter @Th3Snehasish.


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