Every nation looks for an advantage
There is a short story that talked about how nations used computers to wage their wars. Almost all people on earth could only recognize numerals and letters only via the technological display. They could not recognize numbers if they were handwritten.
Finally, one day one government found a man who had returned to the old-fashioned way of writing numerals to help improve society. To make a long story short, the government saw an advantage. They were free from computer war and could get an advantage over their enemy by going back to the old ways.
AI and military
With the advent of AI, governments and military leaders have been looking for ways to deploy AI. They are looking for a military advantage over their enemies. In the article, Artificial intelligence is the lethal autonomous weapon of the next Cold War between the US, Russia, and China, the conversation looks at how military leaders and government officials are doing just that.
They want an advantage to secure their survival. They are thinking AI technology will be better than humans in defending the homeland. These leaders want to give control of nuclear and non-nuclear weapons to machines. Only because of their faster decision-making ability and emotionless decision-making capability.
The more things change
One of the reasons fueling this trend is the possibility that AI will stop modern Benedict Arnolds from being corrupted by the enemy. They hope to keep their country safe from the human fallibility factor.
Unfortunately, the exchange of robots for humans will not protect a country from this corruption. Humans can be corrupted through a variety of means. But then so can AI robots. No matter the defense protocols put in place, a weakness can and will be found.
Is it a wise move
Is turning a nation’s defense over to non-thinking, non-feeling robots a wise decision? Maybe in the military’s eyes. These robots will have no emotional ties thus they are seen as the perfect soldier. They will give the command to fire regardless of whose life is lost.
The decision-making ability of the AI commander will not be influenced by nor slowed by any emotion. They will simply react. That may be good for the military but is it not good for society?
A glaring weakness
As has been seen in the recent false message sent to the Hawaiian Islands, mistakes can be made by machines. Fortunately, the error was caught in time, by humans overseeing the machines.
Yet, it must be asked what would happen if the human element was removed/ Would AI respond militarily to a false transmission and kill innocent people? This is a scenario that must be taken into consideration.
It is inevitable
No matter the risks and problems involved, it seems that the deployment of AI robots to military positions is inevitable. For the simple reason that the western world’s enemies are already doing that very act.
Self-survival is a strong motivating factor to find the right advantage. AI robots seem to be that advantage for everyone.