When I was in Iraq during the surge in 2007, I saw this little ground robot being used to defuse a roadside bomb, and the lightbulb went on in my head about the value of robotics for the military. That was, for me, a real catalyst in the work that I've done since then.
In the 15 years since, first at the Pentagon and now at CNAS, I’ve been looking at how autonomy and artificial intelligence are affecting military operations and global security. I saw the value from a military standpoint of keeping people out of harm's way. Obviously since then, we've seen this explosion of AI in the deep learning revolution. So, when I finished up Army of None, I already had this book in mind.
Read the full interview on Four Battlegrounds: Power in the Age of Artificial Intelligence with Politico.