China is building a fleet of autonomous submarine with artificial intelligence. What for?
Flotilla autonomous submarines under the control of artificial intelligence advances in densely populated Asian water ways. Transport will be owned by the Chinese armed forces, and its mission will definitely make the next country raised an eyebrow. According to the Chinese resource SCMP, the submarine will be able to carry out "a wide range of tasks, from reconnaissance before placing mines and even suicide attacks on enemy ships."
If all goes according to plan, the first submarine to be launched in 2020.
Why China Fleet submarines smart?
Although the details of the project remain scattered, one of the unnamed scientists told SCMP, that the submarine "will be free of nuclear weapons."
Before AI onboard systems will be to decide on the rate and depth to avoid detection and to identify any ship which passes by. One of the themes that is of some concern for the fact whether the AI system to request information during the mission. In other words, if they can make their own decisions about who to attack.
China's neighbors will certainly be surprised by this news. Submarines, most likely will be patrolling the zone in the South China Sea and the Pacific Ocean. In these areas disputed waters that China, Japan and Vietnam are divided among themselves. Not long ago, the Chinese military have created artificial islands in this area, to accommodate them military bases. Local robotic submarines can be seen as a further escalation of the situation.
Regional anxiety can be enhanced by the fact that the AI ships will be able to learn from these ships. In other words, the submarines will be able to provide continuous strategic adjustment and development if they are deployed in the conflict.
The battle robots over the sea
This is not only a military project involving autonomous ships at sea. Lin Yang of Shenyang Institute of Automation of the Chinese Academy of Sciences told the SCMP, the Chinese project was launched in response to such measures taken by the United States.
Earlier this year, DARPA gave the US Navy experimental ship ASWACTUW. At the end of the development of "chaser" will also be able to carry out autonomous missions of three months duration.
The US is also working with major defense contractors on two prototypes of autonomous systems for submarines, which will be ready by 2020: Orca from Lockheed Martin and Echo Voyager from Boeing.
Muddy water combat intelligence
These developments are fueling the heated debate surrounding the use of combat systems with the support of artificial intelligence. In the case of the submarines, there are questions about whether it is possible, these boats will steal or hack to then apply for other purposes. If we one day get to the point where the whole becomes unmanned combat vehicles, we will all become observers. But a military conflict - it is usually a social problem, which involves people and their solutions. Many are calling to ban the creation of weapons based on artificial intelligence.
"Lethal autonomous weapons threatens to become the third revolution in military affairs," wrote the authors of the letter with a call to ban the AI in the development of weapons. "After the development, it will allow to conduct hostilities on a scale that is greater than ever and faster than people can understand. It can be a weapon of terror, weapons that despots and terrorists use against innocent people and arms hacked for use in an undesirable manner. Little time is left. Once Pandora's box is opened, it will be difficult to close. "
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