Weaponised AI is coming. Are algorithmic forever wars our future? | Ben Tarnoff

The US military is creating a more automated form of warfare – one that will greatly increase its capacity to wage war everywhere forever.

Last month marked the 17th anniversary of 9/11. With it came a new milestone: we’ve been in Afghanistan for so long that someone born after the attacks is now old enough to go fight there. They can also serve in the six other places where we’re officially at war, not to mention the 133 countries where special operations forces have conducted missions in just the first half of 2018.

The wars of 9/11 continue, with no end in sight. Now, the Pentagon is investing heavily in technologies that will intensify them. By embracing the latest tools that the tech industry has to offer, the US military is creating a more automated form of warfare – one that will greatly increase its capacity to wage war everywhere forever.

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Source: The Guardian – Artificial intelligence