‘The Terminator Conundrum’: Pentagon Weighs Ethics of Pairing Deadly Force, AI

US Air Force Gen. Paul Selva, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaks during a Brookings Institute Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence discussion on Jan. 21 in Washington.(Photo: Army Staff Sgt. Sean K. Harp) WASHINGTON — The Defense Department will invest the $12 billion to $15 billion from its fiscal year 2017 budget slotted for developing a Third Offset Strategy on several relatively small bets, hoping to produce game-changing technology, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said. Broadly speaking, key categories will be energy production and storage, lethal endgame technology, and software guidance and control, said US Air Force Gen. Paul Selva at a Thursday event hosted by the Brookings Institute. “This is a learning space. Some of the investments we make won’t to…


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