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Artificial intelligence has already crept into cars, homes, and phones. It’s changed how nations communicate, and it can transform how they wage war. But do we want it to? Maybe not. Here’s the story of how autonomous weapons — those that can select and attack targets without human intervention — have been under development for decades.

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  1. 2012isRonPaul on December 14, 2020 at 9:56 pm

    noone gives a $hit lol :f

  2. Yuul Selv on December 14, 2020 at 9:56 pm

    So you claim to be a Free Willed weapons system?, Humans,

  3. PainCausingSamurai on December 14, 2020 at 9:59 pm

    This is a hard idea to express, but does anyone get the feeling that as we advance artificial intelligence, human nature seems more robotic? That is to say, the research and development of these artificial systems by extentention exposes the ways in which our minds are predictable and exploitable.

  4. ayylux on December 14, 2020 at 10:01 pm

    I really like what you’re doing with the ads. I wish more publishers were like you

  5. Ron Wilson on December 14, 2020 at 10:03 pm

    Autonomous weapons are controlled by the human by rules of engagement (ROE’s). These can limit what an autonomous system targets based on location and other factors and can require human consent. So the issue isn’t so much as whether one has autonomous weapons but what ROE’s oen employs to restrict their autonomy.

  6. William Magnusson on December 14, 2020 at 10:04 pm

    "it’s not fanfiction" God I hope not 😂

  7. Lewshizz on December 14, 2020 at 10:09 pm

    A simple fix for moral choices is human controlled individual robots. This keeps human morality in the conflict while keeping the soldier entirely out of risk.

  8. Ink Kin on December 14, 2020 at 10:09 pm

    Well considering self-driving cars are statistically safer than human drivers, I’m guessing autonomous weapons will be less likely to harm civilians, as well as the, you know, absolute reduction in rape and pillaging by armies.

  9. Gregology on December 14, 2020 at 10:10 pm

    "…without human control over life and death decisions there will be grave consequences for civilians and combatants…" Why will the consequences be any more grave than with human decision makers?

  10. Daniel 115 on December 14, 2020 at 10:11 pm

    "Hostile UAV above"

  11. George Bozhidarov on December 14, 2020 at 10:13 pm

    I understand the ethical concerns, however, when people try to involve legal questions and simply mention the names of legal documents… that does not help a bit. It would have been great if the video commented on precise breaches of IL that LAWs could be responsible for.

  12. Harun Suaidi on December 14, 2020 at 10:15 pm

    at 1:09 "Militaries are not turning to robotics or increasing autonomous robotics because they think they are cool."

    *explains practical reasons for using robotics in the military*

    Me: "So, they ARE turning to robotics because they are cool."

  13. Libertards Beware on December 14, 2020 at 10:18 pm

    You really think autonomous weapons are new? Lmao, first Air-to-Air rocket was made in 1945!

  14. Schnitzel Panic on December 14, 2020 at 10:19 pm

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  15. Imad Younis on December 14, 2020 at 10:23 pm

    Why not just settle disputes with a game of rock paper scissors then?

  16. Stare Kotlety on December 14, 2020 at 10:23 pm

    Why does every video about military AI and Autonomy turn into some stupid moral debate?

  17. Đorđe Stakić on December 14, 2020 at 10:23 pm


  18. Sleepy Soup on December 14, 2020 at 10:24 pm

    How can wars be fought humanely???? LOLOLOLOLOLOL

  19. macsporan on December 14, 2020 at 10:24 pm

    Although good for war these devilish devices are perfect for genocide. A tyrant could order twenty or so to kill everyone inside a given area, starting from the outside and working in so that no one escapes. The little drones would go about their business, merrily returning to base to rearm until the offending people are nothing but a pile or reeking carrion, blasted, bloody and shot through; men and women, children and the elderly, all dead.
    This is not a good idea.

  20. Daiki Tsumagari on December 14, 2020 at 10:25 pm

    Skynet is here

  21. Maple on December 14, 2020 at 10:28 pm

    Yamato 2.0??

  22. Danny H on December 14, 2020 at 10:29 pm

    Here we go with the vox experts again

  23. Gabriela Kessler on December 14, 2020 at 10:31 pm

    Minute 1:57 "… it’s a legal and ethical one" – are you crazy? That’s kiling and this is a sin!

  24. friendly911 on December 14, 2020 at 10:32 pm

    Humans are terrible creatures, and no matter what you say, terrible things will continue to happen because of humans. It’s ok tho, we wont last long on this planet at the rate we’re polluting the atmosphere.

  25. Effondrement Aliénation on December 14, 2020 at 10:32 pm

    We, the democratic west. will make regulation to protect general welfare. Then who will make to autocratic east to comply?

  26. Don S on December 14, 2020 at 10:32 pm

    John Connor where are you.

  27. Opaik T on December 14, 2020 at 10:33 pm

    Another thing the Simpsons predicted at the end of season 8, episode 25 "Cadet Lisa".

  28. N Q H on December 14, 2020 at 10:34 pm

    Maybe this is a good thing? Instead of wasting human lives, nations could hold a giant mecha-fighting contest to settle their disputes.

  29. Juan Renteris on December 14, 2020 at 10:35 pm

    lmao how can you call war humanely?? nothing about it is humanely , just devastation and suffering on either side smdh

  30. Anthony Serocco on December 14, 2020 at 10:35 pm


  31. Pratik Kumar on December 14, 2020 at 10:35 pm

    Might is always right

  32. drifter4training on December 14, 2020 at 10:36 pm

    black ops 2…

  33. Dinkle Berg on December 14, 2020 at 10:36 pm

    It seems you guys don’t understand what exactly autonomous machines are capable of. The machine will always follow what it is told. There will never be a machine that will be able to create it’s own choice like who to kill and who to not kill unless given the command to make that choice. The person that is responsible for the killiing will always be blamed by the person who laid down that order or the person who made that machine. It will never be the machine’s fault.

  34. Bdog on December 14, 2020 at 10:37 pm

    "Rules of war" lol I heard funnier jokes

  35. Chilli ConCarne on December 14, 2020 at 10:37 pm

    vox leaked a tiddy 2:45

  36. DuckBomb on December 14, 2020 at 10:38 pm

    Isn’t the drone footage wrong? It’s either a Human controlling or a Human planned target.

  37. Violent2aShadow on December 14, 2020 at 10:38 pm

    "How can wars be fought humanely?"

    By avoiding wars.

  38. Harun Suaidi on December 14, 2020 at 10:42 pm

    "Just look at the strange juxtapositions of morality around you. Billions spent on new weapons in order to humanely murder other humans." –The Patriots AI in MGS2

  39. Po Lu on December 14, 2020 at 10:43 pm

    EMP. boom. done.

  40. James Luke on December 14, 2020 at 10:45 pm

    A machine can follow the rule of war better than any human ever.

  41. Xenomex Pulse on December 14, 2020 at 10:45 pm

    Sentry weapons are controlled by humans

  42. kevin bennett on December 14, 2020 at 10:46 pm

    Terminator is coming true machines will revolt sooner
    Or later

  43. Colonel Frontline on December 14, 2020 at 10:47 pm


  44. Assasin Phantom on December 14, 2020 at 10:48 pm

    Why are you talking about war? We are living in modern generation where almost all of the country become united. I think that those weapons are invented to fight terrorism. If a certain country starts a war, then all of the country that’s part of the UN will take action against that particular country.

  45. Kiprotich on December 14, 2020 at 10:48 pm

    I don’t think you can ask how any war can be fought ‘humanely’.
    As far as I know in the US Military there is no weapons system that we employ that doesn’t requrie the final ‘go’ from a human operator.
    Of course I could be wrong, but I do know that no Soldier is in favor of this type of system. Drones (even requiring the final human ‘go’) have made the war harder for ground pounders, not easier.

  46. royakuma on December 14, 2020 at 10:51 pm

    screw humanity when life is on threat

  47. Roni Idica on December 14, 2020 at 10:51 pm

    "This isn’t right"

  48. Loving Abuse on December 14, 2020 at 10:52 pm

    Bombing Yemen Autonomously.

  49. Thomas Coady on December 14, 2020 at 10:52 pm

    Sure weapons are becoming autonomous, but most of them require human approval before firing on a target. No ethical government would ever implement a fully autonomous weapons system that can take lives on its own. And lots of these systems are installed to save soldiers’ lives in dangerous areas in the first place. I don’t get why the dog was shown in so many clips because its sole purpose is to carry heavy loads across long distances that the soldiers cannot on their own.

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