Drone technology has exploded over the last two decades. Large armed drones like the MQ-9 are well known and have wreaked havoc on terrorists since 9/11 but the small, hunter-killer drones employed in the Armenian/Azerbaijani war have proven to be game changers in force-on-force engagements. Join one of the world’s leading experts, Seth Frantzman, as he illuminates the future of these incredibly lethal systems.

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  1. Architectus Coolidge

    Great discussion!  One comment:  in the part of the conversation dealing with AI and weapons systems capable of attack, it was mentioned that “no commander would want to give up that control over the decision to fire” (paraphrased).  But that is a very western, or American even, way of thinking about it.  Where we tend to value a high degree of autonomy for the troops engaged in the field or “front line”, and in the creativity and trust that goes along with that approach, this is not historically the case with other cultures, especially totalitarian ones.  Theirs is more about following orders and execution, where deviation in any form is cause for elimination.  It would seem that some of our enemies would greatly prefer taking any discretion away from the lower ranks, and getting their hands on AI technology would allow them to bypass any potentially unwilling soldiers, who might not carry out their immoral orders.  In other words, do not dismiss the use of AI-enhanced weapons systems to be “allowed to take control over the decision to fire”, just because it is not what WE might do.  

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