As scaring as it may sound, it’s obvious that we cannot avoid wars in the world – not that we love fighting. Only that it has become somewhat a norm to humanity that peace cannot exist without the power of the sword. It’s also obvious that whoever is stronger controls economies and that’s what exactly artificial intelligence promises – military and economic power.
It’s on record, a while ago Russian President Vladimir Putin explained clearly, that the next world ruler must dominate and command AI first. Well, is that logical? Sure, it is – for one research has confirmed that machine intelligence will build the richest companies in future – and as we all say, money is power. AI also promises the most sophisticated weapons, “never seen by humanity,” as described at the WEF. So yes, this technology is the future.
Experts On the Topic
AI has become the major topic of late. And a technology conference or forum that doesn’t mention how this tech can be safely implemented, the control of it and so on, is not regarded as complete.
In different forums, Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba the biggest online retail shop in China said “AI would begin the next world war,” Bill Gates Microsoft’s founder, Elon Musk the “space” billionaire, and many other tech enthusiasts has also confirmed that machine intelligence is becoming a serious military tool and threat to humanity.
AI’s Implications for World Security and Future Warfare
From a positive angle, security analysts see machine intelligence in three elevations. First, its potential to improve efficiency through optimization and automation, second, its capability to influence human behavior, and third automation of tasks.
The ability to fast predict, confirm and understand everything on a battlefield gives a team the upper hand, to know when and where exactly to attack. Efficiency also helps military planners remain in control of how resources are distributed.
Algorithms have proved that using data points security experts can foretell crime-related activities before and after an attack. China to be precise is using image recognition in CCTV videos to predict suspicious patterns of events, which help them take the necessary action, deploying forces where they are most likely required. The US is also on record trying the same but strong concerns arose, relating to possible biasness in the system.
AI Can Make Military Planners Save Cash and Remain In Control
Google gives a good example, how it was able to lower its energy consumption on data center cooling, by 40 percent using the discovered neural network, “deep mind.” Thus if military planners can lower spending but still maintain strategic supremacy and readiness, this would ease the burden of security spending.
In task automation, robots promise better results in military attack compared to humans. For instance, it’s easier to send a robot to a bomb disconnection mission, or a rescue mission in collapsed buildings – only that full-scale implementation of such ideas is far from feasible as at now, but it’s becoming possible.
Swarm intelligence is another concept that might give birth to flying humanoid robots or micro-drones that can collectively take aerial dominance, for surveillance and accurate firing of future micro-missiles into the enemy’s territory.
In the cyberspace, literary, wars between machines have been ongoing. AI is already being used to attack targets as well as protect targets. Nonetheless, the defending AI software has the upper hand because it is set to learn and adapt from experience, making it harder on hackers.
Well, it’s obvious, AI and its sister technologies raise concerns about national security (that is if the bad guy manages to run ahead in research and implementation.) But if embraced on time by authorities, these tech developments hold an incredible promise to a safer future world.