The Post-War Transformation: Supposed Global Security

by Demetrios.C.Orton.Hatzis on March 27, 2017 - 12:13am

The article “The US Military Is Building Gangs of Autonomous Flying War Bots” by Patrick Tucker, published on the Defense One news website on January 23, 2015, talks about the appeal of unmanned drones compared to their manned equivalents, as well as discusses the inherent drawbacks of automating war-machines. In addition to discussing the legally grey area surrounding the issue, Tucker also talks about the moral danger of the situation. It must be noted that this article is hosted on Defense One, which is less subtle in its support for US national security than most other sites. The “About” page on Defense One mentions “a new era for defense through the post-war transformation and into a 21st century global security landscape”, which is a worrying way of perceiving the modern warfare that the world has itself wrapped up in. The Global Security landscape sounds an awful lot like a righteous initiative. However, the article does raise questions about a robot’s place in human warfare, which is a good question to ask and one that can perhaps only be answered by those with less politically charged opinions than Military Officers and Political Officials; Opinions like those which might stem from the world of academia, and not just from any academics, but rather ones whose area of expertise falls into the fields of artificial intelligence, the history of warfare, as well as ethics. Such a mix of knowledge could lead to a better understanding of the potential dangers of automated warfare. Historians, those who examine our past learn the mistakes of the past and compare it to the present, can help to keep us from repeating our past errors that have been forgotten. Program developers, those who understand and expand the complex world of computation, can expand our understanding of the processes an AI goes through to reach a set conclusion, for example, how a drone would decide between ally and enemy. Ethicists, those who contemplate the reasoning behind Humanities’ decision making and judge that logic’s validity, could entertain the question of what role Robotic entities have in human warfare and if they should be used to continue an antiquated form of problem-solving. If each of these academic circles integrated themselves into the political landscape more often, the decision making process for governments might be less sensational and more logical.


The Article:

The US Military Is Building Gangs of Autonomous Flying War Bots:


Those who could help answer the question:

            “The Ethics and Implications of Modern Warfare” By Veronica Ma, Harvard International Review. ISSN 0739-1854


            “Creating the Code” By Graham Warwick, Aviation Week & Space Technology. ISSN 0005-2175


            “DARPA Seeking to Build (Friendly) Terminators” By Mark Hachman, PC Magazine. ISSN 2373-2830


            “The Future of Killing: Ethical and Legal Implications of Fully Autonomous Weapon Systems” By Martin Lark, Salus Journal. ISSN 2202-5677

About the author

I am a CEGEP (kinda like Quebec's College) student, 4th semester, was born and raised in and around Montreal, am very opinionated and raring to start any kind of ideological back and forth, could probably argue my way out of a metal box, and have at least a few years experience skeptically eyeing