China’s military drones ‘could lead to accidental war’ as Beijing develops unmanned bombers that can fire without a human pressing a button

Sunday, February 10, 2019
By Paul Martin

Beijing has developed an unmanned drone bomber and stealth combat drone
A report by a U.S. think tank has warned of an ‘artificial intelligence arms race’
Officials fear that drone warfare could ‘lower the threshold of military action’

10 February 2019

China’s development of military drones could lead to an artificial intelligence arms race and an accidental war, a report has warned.

Beijing has developed a deadly unmanned drone bomber and a stealth combat drone in recent months, which could be deployed without humans pressing a button.

A report by a Washington-based think tank has warned that drone warfare would ‘lower the threshold of military action’ because fewer humans were at risk.

The drone technology would work ‘just like the brain of the human body’ in wartime, the research by the Center for a New American Security found.

‘Chinese officials expressed concern that increased used of AI systems would make misperceptions and unintentional conflict escalation more likely due to the lack of well-defined norms regarding the use of such systems,’ the report said.

‘Most of China’s leadership sees increased military usage of AI as inevitable and is aggressively pursuing it.

‘China’s behavior of aggressively developing, utilizing, and exporting increasingly autonomous robotic weapons and surveillance AI technology runs counter to China’s stated goals of avoiding an AI arms race.’

Zeng Yi, an executive at a Chinese defence firm, said mechanised equipment would work ‘just like the hand of the human body’.

‘In future intelligent wars, AI systems will be just like the brain of the human body,’ he said.

‘Intelligence supremacy will be the core of future warfare.

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