Is It Too Late to Stop the Spread of Autonomous Weapons?

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Is It Too Late to Stop the Spread of Autonomous Weapons? ^

| June 13, 2022
| by Zachary Kallenborn

Posted on 06/21/2022 7:49:39 PM PDT by RomanSoldier19

If autonomous weapons are the future of warfare, then the United States has no choice but to grapple with their complexities.

he congressionally appointed National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence recently concluded that “we can expect the large-scale proliferation of AI-enabled capabilities.”

The recent Libya conflict seems to validate that conclusion about artificial intelligence (AI), with soldiers loyal to Libyan Gen. Khalifa Haftar employing a Turkish-made Kargu-2 drone that “hunted down and remotely engaged” retreating forces, according to a United Nations report.

It’s not clear whether the Kargu-2 employed its autonomous capabilities, but the Turkish government acknowledged it can field that capability. Likewise, Russia has employed the KUB-BLA loitering munition and reportedly the Lancet 3 during its invasion of Ukraine.

Again, the details are murky—some analysts are skeptical that the KUB-BLA possesses AI-enabled autonomous capabilities, and the claims of Lancet 3 usage come from Rostec, the Russian state-owned defense

conglomerate that includes the Lancet 3 manufacturer, not from independently-verified battlefield images. Adding to the confusion: in each case, autonomous operation is clearly an option, although it may not be exercised. That makes verification quite hard.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events

KEYWORDS: ai; autonomous; event; extinction

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To: RomanSoldier19

Need to dig up Keith Laumer’s “Bolo” stories for a refresher.

posted on 06/21/2022 7:54:14 PM PDT
by Some Fat Guy in L.A.
(Still bitterly clinging to rational thought despite its unfashionability)

To: RomanSoldier19

20 years ago this month.

posted on 06/21/2022 7:54:54 PM PDT
by montag813

To: RomanSoldier19

To: RomanSoldier19

posted on 06/21/2022 8:02:02 PM PDT
by algore

To: montag813

posted on 06/21/2022 8:02:11 PM PDT
by RomanSoldier19
(Res ad Triarios venit)

To: RomanSoldier19

This is pretty much the background story for the Terminator movies.

posted on 06/21/2022 8:08:48 PM PDT
by Flick Lives

To: RomanSoldier19

“Is It Too Late to Stop the Spread of Autonomous Weapons?”

Yes. Unfortunately, that ship sailed a while back.

posted on 06/21/2022 8:12:47 PM PDT
by beef
(Let’s go Baizuo!)

To: Flick Lives

posted on 06/21/2022 8:13:14 PM PDT
by RomanSoldier19
(Res ad Triarios venit)

To: Flick Lives

There’s a difference that’s still being debated. Type 1: weapon that kills everything that moves down to the neighbor’s cat. It is super dumb and super deadly. It is autonomous and it needs nothing more than a motion sensor and lots and lots of ammo. A nuke is sort of Type 1.

Type 2: AI killbot has eyes and some brains and doesn’t waste all it’s ammo in two seconds shooting at leaves blowing in the wind. And in fact we can easily defeat Type 1 with large bags of leaves attached to leaf blowers.

So then the question is what to do about type 2. The AI in the Terminator is Type 2 or maybe Type 3 or Type N, who knows. It could in theory tow along a giant bin of Type 1 weapons and release them. But it still has to be smart enough to know when to do so or they will be wasted shooting at leaves. Type N will probably need to be defeated with great difficulty like the movie.

posted on 06/21/2022 9:00:04 PM PDT
by palmer
(Democracy Dies Six Ways from Sunday)

To: RomanSoldier19

Yes. It is too late.

AI-enabled robots becoming weaponized is a greater existential threat to humanity than nuclear bombs.

But it is going to happen very soon.

Elon Musk can not stop it, but I will say that I’m glad he recently changed parties.

posted on 06/21/2022 10:43:27 PM PDT
by unlearner
(Si vis pacem, para bellum. Let him who desires peace prepare for war.)

To: unlearner

posted on 06/21/2022 10:50:15 PM PDT
by RomanSoldier19
(Res ad Triarios venit)

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