Russian ‘Skynet’ to lead military robots on the battlefield

In a step towards creating independent artificial intelligence comparable to Skynet from the ‘Terminator’ franchise, a Russian company has successfully tested software capable of undertaking decisions and carrying them out without any human intervention. The United Instrument Manufacturing Corporation (OPK), an integral part of the Rostec arms corporation, says it has developed the Unicum (Latin for ‘the only one’) software package that gives military or civilian robots enough artificial intelligence to perform complicated tasks completely on their own. READ MORE: ‘Robots replacing soldiers won’t make anybody safer’ Powering a group of up to 10 robotic complexes, the Unicum artificial intelligence (AI) communicates and distributes ‘roles’ among the robots, chooses the ‘commander’ of the robotic task force and assigns combat mission to each individual machine. It can locate targets,…


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