Army of None: Autonomous Weapons and the Future of War

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W.W. Norton, Mar 5, 2019 - Computers - 446 pages
Part I: Robocalypse now. The coming swarm : the military robotics revolution ; The Terminator and the Roomba : what is autonomy? ; Machines that kill : what is an autonomous weapon? -- Part II: Building the Terminator. The future being built today : autonomous missiles, drones, and robot swarms ; Inside the puzzle palace : is the Pentagon building autonomous weapons? ; Crossing the threshold : approving autonomous weapons ; World War R : robotic weapons around the world ; Garage bots : DIY killer robots -- Part III: Runaway gun. Robots run amok : failure in autonomous systems ; Command and decision : Can autonomous weapons be used safely? ; Black box : the weird, alien world of deep neural networks ; Failing deadly : the risk of autonomous weapons -- Part IV: Flash war. Bot vs. bot : an arms race in speed ; The invisible war : autonomy in cyberspace ; "Summoning the demon" : the rise of intelligent machines -- Part V: The fight to ban autonomous weapons. Robots on trial : autonomous weapons and the laws of war ; Soulless killers : the morality of autonomous weapons ; Playing with fire : autonomous weapons and stability -- Part VI: Averting armageddon : the weapon of policy. Centaur warfighters : humans + machines ; The Pope and the crossbow : the mixed history of arms control ; Are autonomous weapons inevitable? : the search for lethal laws of robotics -- No fate but what we make -- How robotic weapons are transforming the battlefield today

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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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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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