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AI fighting robots are 15 years from ‘changing face’ of war, expert claims
November 17, 2020
AI fighting robots are 15 years away from “changing the face” of warfare, says a military expert.
The US military is said to be on course to create state-of-the-art machines that scan battlefields in seconds by 2035.
Charles Glar said the “deadly and highly effective” machines will inform soldiers and their commanders about the “layout of the land and possible threats” in real time.
The robotics, automation, and artificial intelligence expert has helped develop spying robots and worked at America’s top secret Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.
He said: “Devices like these will definitely change the landscape of modern combat.
“Having information about your environment and having it be precise and quick will be an enormous advantage in any conflict.
“This will make warfare a lot less messy, believe it or not many decisions in combat are made via educated assumptions and sometimes intel may not be as accurate as the decision maker believes it to be.
“This means helping troops become more effective while reducing the chances of losing soldiers and civilians.
“The main features of devices like these will be to scan the environment and locate threats in real time allowing air support to accurately deploy defenses on the ground correctly.
“This includes detecting humans, projectiles and hidden items that might catch units off guard.”
Mr Glar previously said that Britain's top brass are "deluded" if they think their current budget can fund the creation of 30,000 effective fighting robots by 2030.
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He spoke after general Sir Nick Carter, claimed the UK’s Army could consist of 80,000 humans and 30,000 robots by the end of the decade.
Mr Glar says the spending must be “radically ramped up” from its current £41.5bn a year to feasibly achieve this goal.
He added the robots will start off looking more like vehicles than something out of Terminator.
Mr Glar, who now owns AI firm CYBUR, said: "When many people think of robot soldiers they think of a big humanoid machines that eliminate everything in sight.
“Although, that’s unfortunately probably a goal for some military units it's certainly not going to happen anytime in the near future.
"These kind of robots will be feeding information to soldiers and aerial support about the layout of the land and possible threats nearby."