LONDON, (BM) – The world’s military industry is no longer what it has been and what we have known in recent decades. The development of new technologies in the field of autonomous weapon systems and artificial intelligence is reaching new levels almost every day, and the world’s largest powers are competing to overtake their competitors. We are talking about Russia, China, the United States, and even India and Pakistan.
Britain’s long silence in this area has already been broken by British Army Chief of Defense General Nick Carter. According to him, quoted by the British newspaper The Guardian, in the coming years and in the near future, unmanned aerial vehicles and robot soldiers will become an integral part of Her Majesty’s forces. It is about tens of thousands of robot soldiers to replenish the constituent military units of the British Army, to balance and reduce the reduction of conscripts in the army on the one hand, and to ensure the protection of human life on the other. But General Carter made a very important remark: “after all, the future of such robot soldiers is uncertain at the moment.”
A slow but sure reconstruction of almost every unit of the British military is currently underway. We are talking about experimenting with the introduction of modern aircraft and integrating their functionality into the daily tasks of soldiers. Something that other major military powers have been developing and doing for a long time.
However, the general believes that the “new robotic recruits” could become part of the British army around 2030, and according to him they will represent 25 percent of the entire British army. In concrete terms, out of 120,000 troops, 30,000 of them will be robot soldiers. However, it should be noted that General Carratr later emphasized that all these data were speculative and should not be considered reliable, at least at this stage.
BulgarianMilitary.com has been writing for a long time about the various weapon systems of the future that are currently being developed. From autonomous autonomous drones, kamikaze drones flying in a swarm, submarines and artificial intelligence ships, to the construction of a radio telescope in the crater of the moon and the deployment of reconnaissance satellite satellites in low orbit around the earth. Even recently, we published extensive material on the US Army’s new augmented reality goggles, which in autonomous mode provide a complete visualization of the entire battlefield of a soldier who is not even there at the moment.
“It’s a risk, and we need to be aware of it,” General Carter concludes, referring to the fact that “playing” with artificial intelligence can lead to an out-of-control human situation, and to our otherwise familiar “film war” – machines against man. With the development of new technologies in the field of artificial intelligence and the possible participation of robotic soldiers, a war can start quite by accident, even without a necessary reason.
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