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Artificial intelligence: drone swarming and escalation risks in future warfare

Johnson, James orcid logoORCID: 0000-0002-5203-8583 (2020) Artificial intelligence: drone swarming and escalation risks in future warfare. RUSI Journal, 165 (2). pp. 26-36. ISSN 0307-1847

The rapid proliferation of a new generation of artificial intelligence (AI)-augmented and -enabled autonomous weapon systems (AWS), most notably drones used in swarming tactics, could have a significant impact on deterrence, nuclear security, escalation and strategic stability in future warfare. James Johnson argues that emerging iterations of AWS fused with AI systems will presage a powerful interplay of increased range, accuracy, mass, coordination, intelligence and speed in a future conflict. In turn, the risk of escalatory use-them-or-lose-them situations between nuclear-armed military powers and the attendant dangers posed by the use of unreliable, unverified and unsafe AWS will increase, with potentially catastrophic strategic outcomes.
Item Type:Article (Published)
Subjects:Computer Science > Artificial intelligence
Computer Science > Machine learning
Social Sciences > International relations
Social Sciences > Political science
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Science > School of Law and Government
Publisher:Routledge (Taylor & Francis)
Official URL:https://doi.org/10.1080/03071847.2020.1752026
Copyright Information:© 2020 Taylor & Francis
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:25505
Deposited On:18 Feb 2021 17:16 by James Johnson . Last Modified 19 Feb 2021 12:27

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