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1Artificial Intelligence in the US Military The Global Hawk spy drone can take off by itself, fly 3,000 miles, spend a day spying on an area the size of the state of Maine, fly back 3,000 miles, and then land itself. Some uncharitably say it looks like “a flying albino whale.” (Photograph courtesy of the U.S. Department of Defense)A Warrior robot uncovers a hidden roadside bomb. While robots are a revolutionary technology, war still remains messy and difficult, with an enemy already learning how to fight back. (Photograph courtesy of iRobot)A TALON robot in action. These technologies “save lives,” says a former Pentagon official. But he also worries that “There will be more marketing of wars. More 'shock and awe' talk to defray discussion of the costs.” (Photograph courtesy of the U.S. Department of Defense)Images from wiredforwar.pwsinger.com
2It sounds like science fiction, but it is fact: On the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan, robots are killing America’s enemies and saving American lives. But today’s Pack Bots, Predators, and Ravens are relatively primitive machines. The coming generation of “war-bots” will be immensely more sophisticated, and their development raises troubling new questions about how and when we wage war.
3Strong vs. Weak AIStrong AI: “Artificial intelligence that matches or surpasses human intelligence.”Must be able to:ReasonPlanLearnCommunicateIntegrate this skills towards common goalsWeak AI: “Use of software to study and accomplish specific problem solving or reasoning tasks not encompassing full range of human cognitive abilities.”How it’s being done: the Blue Brain Project. Tries to simulate the human brain using supercomputers.
4PackbotThe packbot is only one of many unmanned systems operating in Iraq and Afgahnistan today.In 2003 there were no packbots in IraqBy the end of 2008, 12,000 packbots were projected to be deployed in IraqThese are just the 1st generation. Scientists are trying to equip potbots with automated machine guns and robotic stretcher
5Raven UAVRaven Specs:Wing Span 4 ft 3 inLength 3 ft 7 inWeight 4.2 lbEngine Aveox 27/26/7-AV electric motorCruising speed 60 mphRange 6.2 milesEndurance approx. 80 minThe Raven is a remote-controlled miniature unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The craft is launched by hand and powered by an electric motor.(wikipedia.com)
7Juice for your NogginWhy do you think unmanned systems have been used in greater numbers in places like Iraq and Afghanistan? Do you see this trend continuing?Will the robotics trend make wars easier or harder to start? Why?Will the robotics trend help or hurt America's standing in the world? How so?What do you think will be the key legal issues to resolve in the robotics field?Questions from:wiredforwar.pwsinger.com