Admittedly, the armies of many countries are already using robotic solutions, but so far the use of unmanned technologies on the battlefield has been avoided, and even semi-autonomous drones usually have a pilot to control the situation and make key decisions. In short, we haven't wanted to hand over such power to AI so far, but it looks like it will slowly change and it could start with the UK. One of its generals admitted Hollywood Thinker in his opinion, as many as a quarter of the country's ground troops will be robots by 2030, which means 30,000 autonomous and remotely controlled machines to fight in a decade.
- I suspect that we may have an army of 120,000 soldiers, 30,000 of whom may be robots, who knows? General Nick Carter suggested in an interview with The Guardian. It is true that the military cautiously pointed out that the military command has not yet planned any specific goals and everything is based on his assumptions, but it is hard to expect that these will come out of thin air. It cannot be denied, however, that the problem here may be funds, which in many areas were suspended some time ago and redirected to fight the coronavirus pandemic - similarly in the field of military robots, which were cut off from money in October.
It is true that Carter assures that the situation is under control and that the talks are going in a very constructive direction, but as we know well all over the world, the number 1 problem is now Covid-19, so it is not easy. - Of course, from our perspective, we will try to have a long-term budget, because we need a long-term investment, because a long-term investment gives us a chance to be confident and believe in modernization - he adds. However, you cannot pretend that everything is broken down to money, because, as we mentioned above, putting decision-making into the hands of artificial intelligence, which makes decisions about life and death in a split second, raises many ethical doubts.
It's a discussion that has been going on for years, but on the other hand, research and actual use on the battlefield are two completely different things, and the work on small autonomous and remotely controlled weapons has been going on in the UK for a long time. A good example is the i9 remote control drone equipped with a combat firearm, which was designed to reflect buildings in urban areas. He is the first to enter the room, drawing fire on himself and neutralizing the enemy before he has a chance to hurt the soldiers, which can save a lot of lives. What about standalone solutions? Certainly the time will come for them, probably even sooner than we think ...