Army of None: Autonomous Weapons and the Future of War
Winner of the 2019 William E. Colby Award
"The book I had been waiting for. I can't recommend it highly enough." —Bill Gates
The era of autonomous weapons has arrived. Today around the globe, at least thirty nations have weapons that can search for and destroy enemy targets all on their own. Paul Scharre, a leading expert in next-generation warfare, describes these and...more
Despite the prevalence of this theme, I don’t lose any sleep worrying about this scenario. But I do think we should spend more time thinking about the implications—positive and negative—of recent progress in artificial ...more
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This book, Army of None, was a real eye-opener for me. We're living in a world where warfare will soon be waged at the push of a button. "Autonomous" weapons systems, designed and programmed by ...more
I am very interested in the subject. And, as with bioethics, the perspective is very dark. Most, if not all, asking for "moderation", "control" or anything in between are simply primitivists scared out of their wits of what technology might bring.
In this particular case, Scharre is a Luddite. His understanding of the subject is shallow at best, although the surface covered is large indeed. ...more
The book showed a much broader perspective and how automation complicates war and politics.
But if it was the only thing that cought my attention in this book I wouldn't rate it so high. It is also a very realistic view of what questions we will need to ask ourselves before, or during the development of AI ...more
Army of None is from a different school, and frustrating if you ask that of it. Rather than a single argument, it is structured as a thematic literature survey, exploring topics as diverse as the targeting systems of Aegis Combat system equipped submarines, cyber warfare, and philosophy of the rules of armed engagement. ...more
Beyond that, I don't have many comments. It's an excellent description of issues regarding automation in warfare, a decent exploration of some general AI risks, and a start at considering policy. Looking at criticism of the book, I think it's a more nuanced and ...more
Of the books he recommends he had already read one, today I finished "Army of None: autonomous weapons and the future of war" written by Paul Scharre.
To think many topics:
- Artificial intelligence is progressing more and more, there are even programs that, in developing this intelligence, obtain unpredictable results for humans. This can happen ...more
I really wanted to learn more about the complexity of the challenges associated with ethics as well as the ...more
Army of None is not just facts and figures. It's a tale about a world we live in. What we make of it is completely in our hands. For now.
"Emergent coordination is the most decentralized approach and is how flocks of birds, colonies of insects, and mobs of people work" (19).
"In the real world, machine autonomy doesn't require a magical of free will or a soul. Autonomy is simply the ability for a machine to perform a task or function on its own" (27).
"'The only way we would go down that path, I think, is if it turns out our adversaries and it turns out that we are ...more
Beyond this, he has no idea what he is talking about. His review of neural networks reflects that of a first year computer science student after the first lecture of a survey course on AI and ...more
The first half of strong with a history of autonomous weapons, and a great taxonomy of the different types of autonomy, hinting at how the lines are both more blurry and more historic than I expected.
With a strong setup, I was hoping for a cogent analysis of how the potential for increased autonomy via ML could change the economics or reality of warfare, instead the author gives a regurgitation of sci-fi tropes and overwrought philosophizing about the morality of autonomous ...more
Semi autonomous operation (human in the loop)
A machine performs a task and then waits for the human user to take an action before continuing.
Supervised autonomous operation human on the road
The machine can sense the side and act on its own the human supervises its operation and can intervene if desired.
The OODA decision making process: Observe, Orient, Decide & Act.
Most people are reluctant to kill. In the Animal kingdom, he explained, animals with lethal weaponry find non lethal ways ...more
'Army of None' discusses how warfare is rapidly being transformed as a result of AI, exponentially driving the demand for more technologically advanced robots to be deployed to ...more