The United States military must embrace artificial intelligence, robotics and other emerging technologies soon to maintain its edge on the battlefield, because other nations are already doing so, the army’s chief of staff has said.
“Whether we like it or not, artificial intelligence is coming,” General Mark Milley said on Wednesday, speaking at an Association of the United States Army’s Institute of Land Warfare event, armed forces news site Military reported. “I am willing to bet on it with programs and money.”
Milley did not give a detailed plan for how to incorporate the futuristic technology in army vehicles but estimated that in 10-15 years’ time, troops will have the support of enhanced kit on the ground and in the skies.
“I don’t know if artificial intelligence is going to mean robots and machines replace humanity… but I do know the quantum computing and some of the IT technologies that are out there today are so significant and can help you [with] rapid decision-making in complex decentralized environments—that if we don’t take advantage of that in things like the network—then we would be fools because others are moving out quickly on that,” he said.