A major war could take place at any time due to strained relationships with world powers, so the question is, then, should countries aim to give themselves the edge by incorporating artificial intelligence into their armed forces?
That’s a tough question for us to answer because as it stands today, injecting AI into wars is a matter of ethics. No one wants to have a conflict where robots are killing human beings, no one wants a real-life Skynet, but chances are, such a future is inevitable.
Not too long ago, researchers from Brookings Institution performed a survey to find out how many people believe artificial intelligence technology should be developed for warfare. Their findings are quite interesting because it will only prove that AI warfare is impossible to avoid.
As it stands, then, 39 percent of the respondents do not believe artificial intelligence should be used in warfare, while 32 percent are not sure.
Now, if it comes down to a point where adversaries have decided to add AI to their battlefield machines, 45 percent believes the United States army should respond in kind by also making AI a big part of the armed forces.
However, 25 percent do not agree, while 30 percent are not certain of what to do in such a situation.
How do men compare to women?
Yes, both men and women took part in the survey, and if you’ve been on the Earth for a few decades, then it should come as no surprise that 51 percent of men are more likely to support the addition of artificial intelligence in warfare.
On the other hand, only 39 percent of the female respondents believe AI should play a major role in warfare.
Now, when it comes down to who should decide if AI should be used in America’s army, 19 percent of all surveyed believes the General Public should have a say, while 11 percent want to give the powers to Private Company Leaders.
As for Legislators, 9 percent want these people to decide, but in terms of Software Coders and Judges, the numbers go down to 7 percent and 4 percent respectively. Finally, 50 percent refused to answer or just didn’t know what to say.
Make no mistake, the incorporation of artificial intelligence in warfare is a big deal that will take shape in the future. It’s not a matter of if. But when, and we can only hope it doesn’t take a nasty turn that ends up harming innocent lives.