Autonomous Weapon Systems

AI on the Battlefield—Replacing Humans?

By Paul Rosenzweig
Tuesday, September 27, 2016, 1:17 PM

Is artificial intelligence destined to replace humans on the battlefield?  This theoretical question is, increasingly, being answered in practice with "yes."  At least that is the conclusion , which is based on a dataset survey of militaries around the globe.  For a journalistic  summary of the report, you can see .  Here's a taste of that summary:

The Pentagon’s on artificial intelligence is this: we need much more of it, and quickly, in order to help humans and machines work better alongside one another. But a survey of existing weapons finds that the U.S. military more commonly uses AI not to help but to replace human operators, and, increasingly, human decision making.  . . . The from the Elon Musk-funded Future of Life Institute does not forecast Terminators capable of high-level reasoning. At their smartest, our most advanced artificially intelligent weapons are still operating at the level of insects … armed with very real and dangerous stingers.