The new report comes at a time of snowballing global anxiety over the ethics of weaponizing artificial intelligence and robots in the battlefield, signified by the recent submission of an open letter to the United Nations calling for such technologies to be banned.
The British Ministry of Defence (MoD) outlines in a new report that future warfare will likely be fought between armies of “enhanced humans” “and robots,” according to the UK’s Independent Newspaper.
The paper, reportedly titled ‘The Future Starts Today,’ which is yet to be released to the public, allegedly says that as the world becomes more volatile, and the threat posed by non-state terrorism continues to increase apace alongside climate change, “new areas of conflict” will also start to emerge, including the space and cyberspace realms.
Commenting to the media on the report, UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said that, “This report makes clear that we are living in a world that is becoming rapidly more dangerous, with intensifying challenges from state aggressors who flout the rules, terrorists who want to harm our way of life and the technological race with our adversaries.”
”Identifying these threats means we can continue to build an armed forces that can stay ahead of them,” he added.
The paper is part of the MoD’s upcoming sixth edition of the ‘Global…