The future of war will be fought through software. Much like the Star Trek episode A Taste of Armageddon, many believe artificial intelligence will be used to fight future wars. However, that war might already be over, and China may have won.
Ex-Pentagon Software Chief says China has already won AI
Reported by CNA, ex-Pentagon software chief Nicolas Chaillan revealed that China is far ahead of the United States in terms of AI development. Chaillan previously resigned from the Pentagon over the US military’s poor technological advancement.
Chaillan explained that the United States’ current level of tech is “kindergarten level”. The ex-Pentagon chief revealed that a fight between the United States and China is already a “done deal”. He said:
We have no competing fighting chance against China in 15 to 20 years. Right now, it’s already a done deal; it is already over in my opinion. Whether it takes a war or not is kind of anecdotal.”
Chaillan criticised Google for not helping
China’s advancements in artificial intelligence and other technologies in recent years cannot be understated. It’s no surprise that the hyper tech-focused country has advanced so rapidly in modern software development.
Chaillan believes that the United States military needed help from US tech companies like Google to stay competitive. However, the company was unwilling to work alongside the military. Additionally, debates on the ethical worries of AI in war were frequent.
The ethical implications of AI have not finished being discussed. In fact, they've only just started. The United Nations has recently expressed an interest to impose limitations on what AI can be used for. However, those talks are only beginning while artificial intelligence spreads in military use.
For example, the United States military is already using Minority Report style event predication. Additionally, the US and Israel are using AI to create smart weapons. The former used AI to lock onto targets, the latter used it for compensation of remote-controlled weapons.