US Military Rushes Implementation of AI for Autonomous Weapons

In Gaza, the Israeli military is utilising robots and remote-controlled dogs in the conflict, with drones and an AI system named The Gospel accelerating target identification and use of force.
21 March 2024
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The U.S. Department of Defense and military contractors are rapidly implementing artificial intelligence to allow weapon systems to operate autonomously and use lethal force without human intervention.

A recent report by Public Citizen warns that the Pentagon's policies do not adequately prevent the deployment of autonomous weapons, also known as "killer robots," which could violate international human rights laws.

When autonomous weapons can make decisions or select targets without direct human input, there is a significant risk of mistaken target selection.
In such a scenario, if an autonomous weapon mistakenly kills a civilian under the belief that they were a legitimate military target, the question of accountability arises. Depending on the nature of that mistake, it could be a war crime.
The report recommends the U.S. commit to not deploying autonomous weapons and support global efforts to negotiate a treaty banning them.
However, these weapons are already being developed around the world and progressing rapidly.

Israeli media reports that Gaza has become a testing ground for military robots, including remote-control D9 bulldozers.

According to a report from The Guardian, Israel is using an Israeli AI intelligence processing system, called The Gospel, “which has significantly accelerated a lethal production line of targets that officials have compared to a ‘factory,’”  Israeli sources report that the system is producing “targets at a fast pace” compared to what the Israeli military was previously able to identify, enabling a far broader use of force.

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