The future of modern warfare: How technology is transforming conflict | DW Analysis

The future of modern warfare: How technology is transforming conflict | DW Analysis

The world is entering a new era of warfare, with cyber and autonomous weapons taking center stage. These technologies are making militaries faster, smarter, more efficient. But if unchecked, they threaten to destabilize the world.
DW takes a deep dive into the future of conflict, uncovering an even more volatile world. Where a cyber intrusion against a nuclear early warning system can unleash a terrifying spiral of escalation; where “flash wars” can erupt from autonomous weapons interacting so fast that no human could keep up.
Germany’s Foreign Minister Heiko Maas tells DW that we have already entered the technological arms race that is propelling us towards this future. “We’re right in the middle of it. That’s the reality we have to deal with.”
And yet the world is failing to meet the challenge. Talks on controlling autonomous weapons have repeatedly been stalled by major powers seeking to carve out their own advantage. And cyber conflict has become not just a fear of the future but a permanent state of affairs.
DW finds out what must happen to steer the world in a safer direction, with leading voices from the fields of politics, diplomacy, intelligence, academia, and activism speaking out.

00:00 – Introduction
02:37 – The Cyber Nuclear Nightmare
17:05 – Flash Wars And Autonomous Weapons
30:12 – Trading Markets And Flash Crashes
31:45 – Time To Act


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  1. Andrew Simon on June 1, 2022 at 6:50 pm

    Live soldiers need to manually operate systems in the field and actively use tools of conflict. Or the reason why war is so expensive you spend you most valuable assets. Which cost you cost of blood and treasure isn’t waged

  2. Mark Baigrie on June 1, 2022 at 6:52 pm

    Haven’t they seen Terminator?

  3. John Dillinger on June 1, 2022 at 6:52 pm

    This video predicted the future. Russia attacked Ukraine instead.

  4. Telencephelon on June 1, 2022 at 6:53 pm

    2022: Now we know Russia is not a Superpower but a wimp teetering on off it’s nuclear USSR stockpile

  5. Dalvinn Kho on June 1, 2022 at 6:54 pm

    China military must be able to destroy Elon Musk’s Starlink satellites if they threaten national security: scientists.Researchers call for development of anti-satellite capabilities including ability to track, monitor and disable each craft.The Starlink platform with its thousands of satellites is believed to be indestructible.The unprecedented scale, complexity and flexibility of Starlink would force the Chinese military to develop new anti-satellite capabilities, according to researchers in China.Chinese military researchers say the country needs to be able to disable or destroy SpaceX’s Starlink satellites if they threaten national security.According to a paper published last month, China needs to develop anti-satellite capabilities, including a surveillance system with unprecedented scale and sensitivity to track and monitor every Starlink satellite.

    The study was led by Ren Yuanzhen, a researcher with the Beijing Institute of Tracking and Telecommunications under the PLA’s Strategic Support Force. Co-authors included several senior scientists in China’s defence industry. AI-powered eye in the sky could identify a wide range of tactical or strategic targets, developers say.Previously, a huge amount of raw satellite data had to be analysed on the ground.Chinese researchers say a smart satellite tracked the USS Harry S. Truman during a drill last year. Chinese researchers say a smart satellite tracked the USS Harry S. Truman during a drill last year.

    When USS Harry S. Truman was heading to a strait transit drill off the coast of Long Island in New York on June 17 last year, a Chinese remote sensing satellite powered by the latest artificial intelligence technology automatically detected the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier and alerted Beijing with the precise coordinates, according to a new study by Chinese space scientists.The live-fire exercise that day involved a joint action of seven warships and many planes to simulate a fight against a powerful enemy while passing a narrow passage of water.The fleet tested numerous tactics such as changing formation and making emergency man-oeuvres to deter enemy submarines and other threats, according to the US Navy.

  6. T Whis on June 1, 2022 at 6:55 pm

    Nice future we’ve left our children.

  7. Graeme Wight on June 1, 2022 at 6:57 pm

    By target they mean people and via the smartphone io address.
    Intel Inside.
    By talpiot.

  8. Daniel Hutchinson on June 1, 2022 at 7:00 pm

    We have enjoyed a period of relative Peace in the World, as long as you do not live in Myanmar or Yemen, or Syria.
    Has anyone seen Kurdistan recently?
    I seem to have misplaced it?
    Does it now live in Langley VA, in some discreet file?

  9. Arizona Business League on June 1, 2022 at 7:01 pm

    Weapons can become unstoppable, but the question is the tradeoff for the cost. These weapon systems are extraordinarily expensive. Militaries will learn to fight in very small groups and spread out. In the current war in Ukraine, we can see anywhere being prone to attack, but the cost and amount of munitions available are limited.

  10. Graeme Wight on June 1, 2022 at 7:01 pm

    Israel Inside.
    Pentium backdoored.
    By Talpiot.

  11. Toomey Rauschenberg on June 1, 2022 at 7:02 pm


  12. Niclas Horn on June 1, 2022 at 7:03 pm

    that expert need to change one thing, today, we know Russia dont care about civilians.

  13. Jan Six on June 1, 2022 at 7:04 pm

    It is, it is, it is. Is it? In fact none of this is showing in the Ukraine war. We’re going back to tons of unguided missiles like Russia used them at the end of WW2.

  14. C V on June 1, 2022 at 7:04 pm

    So, at the end, everyone with the capability will say – let us develop and keep it ready because we can never be sure what the other fellow is doing. After the Taiwan tensions and Ukraine war, no chance of such a treaty. If Ukraine had kept its nuclear weapons, Russia would have never dared to invade.

  15. Kalen on June 1, 2022 at 7:04 pm

    28:54 YEAH YEAH! And eventually just like the Spartans from the Halo franchise . The Midgards(All humanity on Earth) will be forced to augment their reflexes , develop exoskeletons to keep up with these drones in order to survive and keep humans relevant. The age of cyborgs in coming.

  16. Gregory Edward on June 1, 2022 at 7:05 pm

    April 27, 2022: Russia threatens threatens "lightening speed consequences" after already threatens use of nukes in Ukraine. Will this nuclear conflict start in 2022?

  17. Ron Walker on June 1, 2022 at 7:05 pm


  18. vincent scott on June 1, 2022 at 7:07 pm

    If you landed on an island with monkeys moving around,and accidently left some dynamite and lighters behind whe you sailed away,you would not wonder,.will or will they not blow themselves up,but the question would be,How Long will it be before they ignite?

  19. HeaterPistol on June 1, 2022 at 7:07 pm

    Drone Storms are too numerous, too fast, and can only be countered by a Defensive Drone Storm.

  20. Paul Johnson on June 1, 2022 at 7:10 pm

    The robots must target the Great Narcissistic Leaders who elect themselves without term limits and their flying monkey enforcers. The world is way too much like the land of OZ. Get the men behind the curtains.

  21. plane walker on June 1, 2022 at 7:10 pm


  22. FredlocksAsher2012 on June 1, 2022 at 7:12 pm

    “To win the war to overcome the enemy upon the field cannot alone ensure the victory in peace. The cause of War must be removed. Each Nations rights must be secure from violation. Above all from the human mind must be erased all thoughts of war as a solution. Then and only then will war cease.” STOP PRACTICING FOR WAR as if only WAR is inevitable

  23. Sir Thanksalot on June 1, 2022 at 7:12 pm

    that drone swarp sounds really eerie. Like a horror movie before something terrifying happens

  24. T Whis on June 1, 2022 at 7:13 pm

    The inventor of the flamethrower: “There’s a guy over there and I really want to set him on fire”.

  25. Julian Roybal on June 1, 2022 at 7:16 pm

    to fight Wars like this you’re going to need some kind of advanced hacking system that is crazy

  26. YVO on June 1, 2022 at 7:17 pm

    "Think! ‘how far across your own red line’, is your wiling but blind ruthless"? NOW TELL The planet wide how far you’ll go to martian peace before reaching your very own weakened by cheap pride cashed in for an even cheaper effort to compassionate understanding beyond debit, guilt supercilious excuses such as favoring ones own sex, color & flag?

  27. Chris Knight on June 1, 2022 at 7:20 pm

    It seems intelligence is short in Russian political and military circles, artificial or otherwise.

  28. Haha Joking on June 1, 2022 at 7:20 pm

    Government tells us, Reduce your carbon footprint its causing global warming.

  29. Purple Speckled Apple Eater on June 1, 2022 at 7:21 pm

    The Paris Climate Accord was a complete disaster that invited the current War in Ukraine. The EU needs to be held accountable for war crimes in Ukraine from pushing climate radicalism.

  30. sc bender on June 1, 2022 at 7:26 pm

    The genie is already out of the bottle.

  31. Steve Ward on June 1, 2022 at 7:28 pm

    Wonder if there is a real danger similar to that seen in the “Terminator” movies where AI would see humans as a danger especially if we tried to limit AI capabilities

  32. Forex on June 1, 2022 at 7:29 pm

    Ha that Stalins organ on the thumbnail looks like a kitchen knife block lol

  33. Paul Langton-Rogers on June 1, 2022 at 7:30 pm

    Scary stuff. What this documentary is basically predicting for a future world a decade or two from now is a ‘Terminator’ scenario, where complete autonomy over military is given to computers and drones. And we may lose our ability to control and fight them, or prevent future wars from happening. Even global nuclear. So we need to be thinking about backdoor safety features in this level of technology that can make them self-destruct in a worse case scenario.

  34. art of war on June 1, 2022 at 7:30 pm


  35. Funky Fennec on June 1, 2022 at 7:30 pm

    the ambient music is horrible and useless, that’s already a very stressfull topic, there’s no use makin it sounds like "requiem for a dream"

  36. michelle osborne on June 1, 2022 at 7:30 pm

    Your future idea is coming true now

  37. Nmkgdgh Hjffjh on June 1, 2022 at 7:34 pm

    We should develop AI just for human needs In there daily basis not in poring welfare we should not use Al to destroy human beings but to make humans better”

  38. vincent scott on June 1, 2022 at 7:35 pm

    if the malware got into filingdales,then could malware affect A I computres and robots? ?P S

  39. Lorenzo Newhouse on June 1, 2022 at 7:35 pm

    ………either some one presses the wrong button or a digital foul up, that’s it……….I do not want to survive a nuclear attack. I rather go with a bang!!

  40. vincent scott on June 1, 2022 at 7:35 pm

    it’s invented and designed by man ! come on!Did any of those magnicent men in thier flying machines think for a moment,how many millions of people around the world killed by bombs being dropped from planes?The future fears have already happened in the past,but on a smaller scale.Its like baseball,three strikes and your out,and we have had two world wars,so the human race is up to bat!

  41. michelle osborne on June 1, 2022 at 7:36 pm

    I wish I could leave this evil unsafe world. Go someplace safe. But no matter where you go if other humans are there. We will do the same things over and over. Because humans are just inherently like that. Love of power. Love of having more than others. Feeling superior to others and so on. We are just so screwed up. It seems futile to hope for peace.

  42. Brummie Deano on June 1, 2022 at 7:37 pm

    and Today Russia has threatened the UK but on RT (Russian TV) they even had a graphics model showing the UK being wiped out but whats scary is Putin just launched a rocket into space. Is Putin going to take out these satellites theb fire his nukes so no one sees them coming with their best tech

  43. Twogunsonebitxh Florez on June 1, 2022 at 7:39 pm

    Another edited

  44. Social Media Analyst on June 1, 2022 at 7:41 pm

    Let’s ask to al countries to destroyed all weapons and love respect and coprate each other one exit way left for global peace

  45. Chris Lecky on June 1, 2022 at 7:42 pm

    it should have only taken one world war for humanity to get its act together,,, our planet is being run by homicidal nut jobs,,,,,

  46. quannga99 on June 1, 2022 at 7:43 pm

    The world needs a treaty on “Controlled Killing “. This is a laugh 😂.

  47. 笠谷航平 on June 1, 2022 at 7:46 pm

    It shocked me !

  48. Arizona Business League on June 1, 2022 at 7:46 pm

    Had to watch this since the Russo-Ukrainian war started, and we have real world examples.

    Quantum computing superiority will win any war in the future. China is vastly ahead, and no number of foreign powers could stop a country that is superior in computing.

  49. HeaterPistol on June 1, 2022 at 7:47 pm

    He lumped Global Warming in and lost me. The sea levels actually dropped in the last two years.

  50. vincent scott on June 1, 2022 at 7:47 pm

    Since america did not collect the thousands of landmines left in vietnam,and surrounding countries as promised .Will there be lost loitering weapons LOST AND FORGOTTEN ?

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