Who’ll want artificially intelligent weapons? ISIS, democracies, or autocracies?

Michael C. HorowitzOne of the biggest fears about the nexus of artificial intelligence and the military is that machine learning—a type of artificial intelligence that allows computers to learn from new data without being explicitly programmed—could spread rapidly in military systems, and even risk an arms race. And the alarm over the consequences of robots armed with weapons even extended to the recent use of a remotely piloted, rather than autonomous, bomb disposal robot retrofitted with an explosive by the Dallas Police Department in July 2016. That event triggered a wave of articles about the consequences of robots with weapons, especially when used outside the military.Discussions of the military applications of robotics have tended to focus on the United States, largely because of America’s extensive use of uninhabited (also called…


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