It happened – a drone attacked soldier without permission

WASHINGTON, (BM) – What we feared with such advanced military technology in the field of autonomous robotics and artificial intelligence is already a fact – an unmanned aerial vehicle pursued a man as a target, without direct command or command from man. The information is from a UN report to which New Scientist has access.

A year ago in Libya, the “incident” took place when a severe military conflict lasted several months between pro-government Libyan troops and forces of the Libyan National Army, led by General Khalifa Haftar. According to the UN report, the helicopter is KARGU-2 – Turkish production.

This drone, in addition to surveillance, also plays the role of a kamikaze drone. This role is precisely one it played during the incident, attacking a Haftar soldier without direct command. According to Business Insider, the soldier tried to retreat and prevent the attack.

According to the UN report, there was no need for a human controller because, at the time of the attack, the drone was in the so-called highly efficient autonomous mode, implying artificial intelligence. A similar comment was published in the American edition of the New York Post.

“Deadly autonomous weapons systems are programmed to attack targets without requiring a link between the operator and the ammunition: a real ‘shoot, forget and find’ capability,” said a report by the UN Security Council’s Expert Group in Libya.

The “incident” last year was perhaps the first known incident in human history until a machine decided to attack a person on its own without being instructed to do so. According to Zak Kellenborn, a national security consultant in the United States and closely specializes in developing and producing unmanned aerial vehicles, and the investigators wrote this in the UN report.

This incident worried Kellenborn because it showed that the autonomous system was fragile and portended a lousy future. Jack Watling has precisely the same opinion but adds that the world needs a quick decision to regulate these weapon systems. Watling is a researcher at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI).

Human Rights Watch has called for an end to so-called “killer robots” and is campaigning for a “preventive ban on the development, production, and use of fully autonomous weapons,” according to a charity report.


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