What happens when a Predator drone has as much autonomy as a Google car? Or when a weapon that can hunt its own targets is hacked? Although it sounds like science fiction, the technology already exists to create weapons that can attack targets without human input.
One person who has taken a deep look into autonomous weapons is Paul Scharre, Director of the Technology and National Security Program at CNAS and former Army Ranger. In this episode, Scharre talks with host Ilan Goldenberg about how far weapons have evolved and how the world reconcile with the moral implications of these advancements. Scharre is also author of the book Army of None: Autonomous Weapons and the Future of War.
Catch the rest of the "Stories from the Backchannel" series here.
More from CNAS
CommentaryBiden team needs some quick wins on tech policy
America’s strength has been anchored in its scientific and technological prowess....
By Martijn Rasser & Megan Lamberth
CommentarySharper: Day One
The Biden-Harris administration will confront a range of national security challenges from the moment it takes office....
By Chris Estep
ReportsNetworked: Techno-Democratic Statecraft for Australia and the Quad
Australia is well positioned to lead the Quad to achieve important technology policy objectives....
By Martijn Rasser
VideoYouTube blocks the president from uploading new content on his official account
The United States has grossly failed to achieve a peaceful transfer of power....
By Kara Frederick