Major advancements in AI weapons and defence technology have sparked fears mankind is heading towards a “Terminator future” of war.
And as this ultra-tech advance, there are increasing concerns among anti-war campaigners that rogue states or terrorist groups could get their hands on advanced weaponry.
It comes after USV Ranger, an AI-guided warship part of the US Navy’s “Ghost Fleet” of uncrewed vessels, test-launched a one and a half-ton surface-to-air missile in a dramatic escalation of America’s autonomous weapons programme.
Former Pentagon AI weapons expert Paul Scharre warns that someone could soon build “a simple, autonomous weapon in their garage”.
He says the potential is almost here: ”These tools are available for free download. You can download them online,” he says. “[It] took me about three minutes online to find all of the free tools you would need to download this technology and make it happen.”
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