Editorial: Artificial intelligence weapons are the future

Computer brains have beaten the world’s top players in complex board games such as chess and Go. It’s sad but true. Less well known, but in some ways far more important, is that artificial intelligence software is proving a formidable opponent against humans in the military realm. The Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio conducted dogfight simulations in which Gene Lee, an Air Force battle manager, tested his combat skills against a drone enabled by an artificial intelligence program. The drone won, using a calculation ability dramatically faster than that of humans. “It seemed to be aware of my intentions and reacted instantly to my changes in flight and my missile deployment,” said Lee, a retired colonel. “It moved instantly between defensive and offensive actions…


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