It is a logical step
For a country to use the calculating prowess of artificial intelligence in the defense of their borders. It is also a natural move to employ the best computer technology available to upgrade one’s own military computer systems.
But this step is not being taken by America. Instead, the upgrade and innovation are being explored by the Chinese. Their embrace and application of artificial intelligence in military duties may give them the advantage they have been seeking for decades.
The Military Benefits
One of the main benefits that artificial intelligence, (AI), brings to military operations is information. AI’s ability to gather, analyze and report information quickly is its main contribution to any military scenario.
This ability would be an asset to most submarine commanders who need information to make the right decision that leads them to victory.
A second benefit would be AI’s ability to suggest strategic maneuvers. It could narrow the options down to the commander to consider the best ones. This would help save time when it mattered most.
The FearWith Underwater world Applications
Two main fears crop in every AI scenario and the Chinese are examining these fears. The first one is the problem of unrestricted knowledge gathering. It is feared that this ability would allow the artificial intelligence unit to develop its own way of thinking and take over the submarine.
It is obvious that some restrictions and guidelines must be implemented to avoid this scenario. The second fear is that the AI unit may ‘rebel’ against its human masters and humanity in general.
In the truest definition of the word ‘rebel’ that would be impossible. For to rebel one must have independent thought, understand the concepts of right and wrong, good and evil, etc., then make judgments. Artificial Intelligence can never achieve such status.
It may be able to lock humans out of control of the submarine or weapons firing systems.But that is not independent thought or a drive to power.It is only a miscalculation based on its programming or a flaw in its programming.
The Weakness of Underwater Applications
Since Artificial Intelligence can only operate according to its programming, the first main weakness would be who is doing the work behind the scenes? Can they be trusted and do they have designs on power themselves?
These are just a few questions that arise when thinking about a military application for AI. Another weakness is found in the algorithms. These guiding equations have difficulty in recognizing when an honest mistake was made. They cannot judge but only detect when something out of the ordinary has taken place. Then they react erroneously causing problems for innocent people.
Some Final Words
There is a lot to think about when employing AI for military duty. The Chinese seem to have taken these considerations seriously. They are not replacing military commanders with inexperienced machines but using them as AI should be used.
As a tool to aid humans.