The us army has taken another step towards the development of automated weapons systems. The U.S. military asked the leading experts in the field of development of artificial intelligence technologies with a proposal to participate in the creation of new types of ground combat equipment such as tanks, which will have capabilities of automatic detection, management and defeat a potential enemy, using the technology of the AI. About it reports the Internet-the edition Quartz.
Developed in the framework of a new project, Advanced Targeting, and Lethality Automated Systems (“Advanced automated guidance system and destruction”, ATLAS) technology and artificial intelligence algorithms will give a fighting machine almost complete control over the preparation and defeat a potential enemy. However, the right to command the destruction of the enemy (according to us law) will be up to the operators of such units, the source said.
According to available data, currently in the world uses hundreds of different types of semi-automatic and fully automated air defense systems. According to experts in the field of protection technologies in the field of national security Floor Share to which the comments applied Quartz edition, the ATLAS project is the first stage of the use of such Autonomous weapons systems composed of ground combat vehicles.
According to experts, such system will enable “operators of military vehicles to maximize free time on the final decision and at the same time to minimize the time to prepare for the start of the fire.” In addition, the expert believes that the introduction and use of almost entirely automated military equipment will reduce the number of civilian casualties, friendly fire incidents and other unintended consequences. It will also be able to increase the safety of soldiers on the battlefield, said Sarre.
“It will save time. Even fractions of seconds in combat can play a crucial role. On the battlefield very often there are situations in which you want to take almost instant decisions. If you are staying in the tank, I see an enemy tank, then most likely, the crew of the enemy tank you have too see. If you are in range of the target, and the enemy will likely also ready to open fire on you,” says the expert, adding that the introduction of automated control systems of military equipment will allow to increase the efficiency of this technique in combat.
Not everyone likes such a prospect
Last year a group of 116 people representing 26 countries, appealed to the UN to ban the development and proliferation of Autonomous weapons. Among the authors of SpaceX CEO Elon Musk and founder of the company, involved in artificial intelligence, DeepMind Mustafa Suleyman.
The report’s authors drew attention to the UN Convention on conventional weapons and warned that a new arms race will face the third world revolution in this area, comparable to the invention of gunpowder and nuclear weapons. The document stressed, “if Pandora’s box is open, close it will be extremely difficult.”
“When Autonomous lethal weapon is created, it will allow to conduct military operations on an unprecedented level and in such a short time that mankind will not be able to realize them. New type of weapons may become the weapon of dictators and terrorists, used against the civilian population. Hackers can hack it and use it in an invalid order,” — said in the appeal.
Russia is ready to support the proposal to adopt the UN Declaration on the importance of maintaining human control of Autonomous weapons systems, but is strongly opposed to the introduction of legally binding restrictions in this area.
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