The robots of war: AI and the future of combat

At Def Con, seven AI bots were pitted against one another in a game of capture the flag. The DARPA-sponsored event was more than just a fun exercise for hackers. It was meant to get more researchers and companies to focus on autonomous artificial intelligence. As part of the Department of Defense (DoD), DARPA is tasked with making sure the United States is at the forefront of this emerging field. While the country may currently be mired in a ground wars against insurgents and extremist groups, the DoD is looking at future skirmishes. The department’s long-term artificial intelligence plans are focused more on conflicts with countries like Russia, China and North Korea than terrorism. “Across the military services and the leadership we see people really starting to focus on the…

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