Army of None: Autonomous Weapons and the Future of War

Army of None: Autonomous Weapons and the Future of War

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Overview

Paul Scharre, a Pentagon defense expert and former U.S. Army Ranger, explores what it would mean to give machines authority over the ultimate decision of life or death.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781541419681
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date: 05/08/2018
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 5.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

A former U.S. Army Ranger who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, Paul Scharre is the director of the Technology and National Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. He has written for the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Time, Foreign Affairs, and Politico, and he appears frequently on CNN, FOX News, NPR, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Virginia.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Power Over Life and Death 1

Part I Robopocalypse Now

1 The Coming Swarm: The Military Robotics Revolution 11

2 The Terminator And The Roomba: What Is Autonomy? 26

3 Machines That Kill: What Is an Autonomous Weapon? 35

Part II Building The Terminator

4 The Future Being Built Today: Autonomous Missiles, Drones, and Robot Swarms 59

5 Inside The Puzzle Palace: Is the Pentagon Building Autonomous Weapons? 78

6 Crossing The Threshold: Approving Autonomous Weapons 89

7 World War R: Robotic Weapons around the World 102

8 Garage Bots: DIY Killer Robots 120

Part III Runaway Gun

9 Robots Run Amok: Failure in Autonomous Systems 137

10 Command And Decision: Can Autonomous Weapons Be Used Safely? 161

11 Black Box: The Weird, Alien World of Deep Neural Networks 180

12 Failing Deadly: The Risk of Autonomous Weapons 189

Part IV Flash War

13 Bot vs. Bot: An Arms Race in Speed 199

14 The Invisible War: Autonomy in Cyberspace 211

15 "Summoning The Demon": The Rise of Intelligent Machines 231

Part V The Fight To Ban Autonomous Weapons

16 Robots On Trial: Autonomous Weapons and the Laws of War 251

17 Soulless Killers: The Morality of Autonomous Weapons 271

18 Playing With Fire: Autonomous Weapons and Stability 297

Part VI Averting Armageddon: The Weapon Of Policy

19 Centaur Warfighters: Humans + Machines 321

20 The Pope And The Crossbow: The Mixed History of Arms Control 331

21 Are Autonomous Weapons Inevitable?: The Search for Lethal Laws of Robotics 346

Conclusion

No Fate but What We Make 360

Afterword

How Robotic Weapon Are Transforming the Battlefield Today 363

Notes 369

Acknowledgments 425

Abbreviations 427

Illustration Credits 429

Index 431

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