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War Algorithms Will Save Lives Unless They Kill Us All

by Madison Margolin, Inverse

When is a weapon “fully autonomous?”

Imagine, if you can, you’re a navy sailor out at sea. Your country’s at war, and suddenly, an enemy missile is headed toward your ship. In spite of the entire crew’s thorough training, the idea of imminent death-at-sea has everyone on edge. In times like these, decision-making might be best left to staid, fast-acting artificial intelligence, especially if it means saving lives. In this scenario, A.I.-powered technology could intercept the incoming missile without authorization from a real person. That’s because it would run off what researchers at Harvard call a “war algorithm” — A.I. coded to operate in the context of armed conflict. Continue reading War Algorithms Will Save Lives Unless They Kill Us All