September 26, 2021

AI battleships and killer drones: ‘Terminator future’ of war feared by conflict experts

Featuring Paul Scharre

Source: Central Recorder

Journalist Tom O'Brien

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.

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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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Authors

  • Paul Scharre

    Vice President and Director of Studies

    Paul Scharre is the Vice President and Director of Studies at the Center for a New American Security. He is the award-winning author of Army of None: Autonomous Weapons and th...