By Oisin Sweeney • 23 November 2020 • 8:59
ROBOTS will ‘change the landscape’ of warfare by 2035, according to one US expert.
A top US robotics expert claims that within 15 years Artificial Intelligence robots will ‘change the landscape’ of warfare
Charles Glar, who has worked for the top-secret US military Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency designing spy robots, says that in the near future machines will be able to scan ‘the lay of the land’ on battlefields in seconds and report back to human troops on ‘possible threats’ in real-time.
The engineer says that this will give armies a ‘massive advantage’ as ‘many decisions in combat are made via educated assumption and sometimes intel may not be as accurate as the decision maker believes it to be’. He said that advances in robot war tech would help in ‘reducing the chances of losing soldiers and civilians’.
Recently Nick Carter, Chief of Britain’s army, said that by 2030 the UK armed forces would consist of 80,000 human troops and 30,000 robots. Glar dismissed this claim as ‘deluded’, saying Britain’s defense budget could not afford such investment.
To those who fear a world of Terminator-style killing machines, Glar says that war robots will look more like vehicles than humanoids in the near future and will at first be used more for surveillance and intel than actual fighting.
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Oisin is an Irish writer based in Seville, the sunny capital of Andalucia. After starting his working life as a bookseller, he moved into journalism and cut his teeth as a reporter at one of Ireland's biggest news websites. Since joining Euro Weekly News in November, he has enjoyed covering the latest stories from Seville, Spain and further afield - with special interests in crime, cybersecurity, and European politics. Anyone who can pronounce his name first try gets a free cerveza...
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