The rapid advancement indicates that artificial intelligence is on its way to changing combat and that states will undoubtedly continue to build the automated weapons systems that AI will enable.
Fremont, CA: The rapid acceleration in computing power, memory, big data, and high-speed communication is not only developing an innovation, investment, and application frenzy, but it is also increasing the quest for AI chips as AI, machine learning, and deep learning evolve further and move from concept to commercialization. This rapid advancement indicates that artificial intelligence is on its way to changing combat and that states will undoubtedly continue to build the automated weapons systems that AI will enable.
When countries work together and individually to obtain a competitive advantage in research and technology, the weaponization of AI will become unavoidable. As a result, it's important to imagine what an algorithmic war of the future may look like because developing autonomous weapons systems is one thing, but employing them in algorithmic warfare against other states and humans is quite another.
The swift development of AI weaponization is apparent across the board: exploring and operating unmanned naval, aerial, and terrain vehicles, calculating collateral damage, deploying "fire-and-forget" missile systems, and using stationary systems to automate everything from personnel systems and equipment maintenance to the deployment of surveillance drones, robots, and more.
Even though autonomous weapons systems are thought to offer opportunities for lowering weapons system operating costs and will likely facilitate weapons systems, there is a need to understand and evaluate the technological, legal, and economic implications of autonomous weapons systems.