Army of None: Autonomous Weapons and the Future of War

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W. W. Norton & Company, Apr 24, 2018 - History - 384 pages

Winner of the 2019 William E. Colby Award

"The book I had been waiting for. I can't recommend it highly enough." —Bill Gates

The era of autonomous weapons has arrived. Today around the globe, at least thirty nations have weapons that can search for and destroy enemy targets all on their own. Paul Scharre, a leading expert in next-generation warfare, describes these and other high tech weapons systems—from Israel’s Harpy drone to the American submarine-hunting robot ship Sea Hunter—and examines the legal and ethical issues surrounding their use. “A smart primer to what’s to come in warfare” (Bruce Schneier), Army of None engages military history, global policy, and cutting-edge science to explore the implications of giving weapons the freedom to make life and death decisions. A former soldier himself, Scharre argues that we must embrace technology where it can make war more precise and humane, but when the choice is life or death, there is no replacement for the human heart.

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This book, written by a non-technologist with extensive military experience, describes the intersection of artificial intelligence with United States military affairs. It uses terms like “autonomy ... Read full review

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We are witnessing the evolution of autonomous technologies in our world. As in much of technological evolution, military needs drive much of this development. Peter Scharre has done a remarkable job ... Read full review

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
THE COMING SWARM
THE TERMINATOR AND THE ROOMBA
MACHINES THAT KILL
THE FUTURE BEING BUILT TODAY
INSIDE THE PUZZLE PALACE
CROSSING THE THRESHOLD
WORLD WAR
FAILING DEADLY
BOT VS
THE INVISIBLE
SUMMONING THE DEMON
ROBOTS ON TRIAL
SOULLESS KILLERS
PLAYING WITH FIRE
CENTAUR WARFIGHTERS

GARAGE BOTS
ROBOTS RUN AMOK
COMMAND AND DECISION
BLACK
ARE AUTONOMOUS WEAPONS INEVITABLE?
Notes
Acknowledgments
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A former U.S. Army Ranger who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, Paul Scharre is the director of the Technology and National Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. He has written for the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Time, Foreign Affairs, and Politico, and he appears frequently on CNN, FOX News, NPR, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Virginia.

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