In the Terminator movie franchise, Arnold Schwarzenegger explains that Skynet, the government’s AI strategic defense system becomes self-aware and launches an all-out nuclear war within a day. Apparently, members of the U.S. Department of Defense are not Sci-Fi fans because they have created their first combat-ready military thinking machine. This new “Terminator” has been running flight simulations against veteran combat pilots and successfully outmaneuvering and outwitting them at every military turn.
They’re calling it “Alpha,” according to the BBC, and the researchers who brought this “fuzzy logic” entity into the world are bragging about its military superiority over humans in air-to-air combat. These developers, from the U. of Cincinnati and the Psibernetix company, are billing Alpha as a fierce opponent and the implications are ominous, to say the least.
But rather than heed the obvious moral and ethical dangers posed by the existence of such a creation, a member of the U.S. Joint Chief of Staff has voiced the different fears. U.S. Air Force Gen. Paul Selva is more worried that enemies will develop and deploy the type of metallic hunters depicted in the Terminator flicks first. It appears another Cold War race may be at hand. This one may be for global AI superiority, according to a Breaking Defense report.
Despite having the largest defense budget on the planet, the U.S. Defense Science Board is convinced that the nation has fallen dangerously behind in the area of various AI warfare capabilities and development. Some military leaders are confident that AI soldiers will see the battlefield within the next 10 to 15 years. The rise of the machine is upon us.