US puts robots at vanguard to win next great power game

A new era of great power competition has begun — and the US thinks robots are the way to stay ahead. That is the conclusion the Pentagon has reached, having determined that the era of overwhelming US power that began when the Berlin Wall came crashing down in 1989 ended in 2014. For the next 25 years, the US defence department anticipates dealing with two major rivals — Russia and China — a calculation that has led the Pentagon to make big investments in robots, artificial intelligence and innovation in warfighting more generally. “We are trying to change the way the department thinks in an era when we are going to be dealing with great powers who are as strong conventionally as we are,” says Robert Work, the Pentagon’s second-in-command.…


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