Drone advances in Ukraine could bring dawn of killer robots

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  • In the mid-2010s, colleagues he polled agreed that graduate students could, in a single term, produce an autonomous drone “capable of finding and killing an individual, let’s say, inside a building,” he said.An effort to lay international ground rules for military drones has so far been fruitless.
  • The drones, technically known as “loitering munitions,” can hover for minutes over a target, awaiting a clean shot.“The technology to achieve a fully autonomous mission with Switchblade pretty much exists today,” said Wahid Nawabi, CEO of AeroVironment, its maker.
  • Iran has other drones in its evolving arsenal that it says feature AI.Without a great deal of trouble, Ukraine could make its semi-autonomous weaponized drones fully independent in order to better survive battlefield jamming, their Western manufacturers say.
  • To date, drones able to work in both modes have performed better when piloted by a human, Allen said.The technology is not especially complicated, said University of California-Berkeley professor Stuart Russell, a top AI researcher.
  • The radars are designed to identify enemy drones, which the UAVs then disable by firing nets at them — all without human assistance.The number of AI-endowed drones keeps growing.
  • In one feared scenario, the U.S. military spends hundreds of millions writing code to power killer drones.
By FRANK BAJAK and HANNA ARHIROVA Associated PressKYIV, Ukraine (AP) Drone advances in Ukraine have accelerated a longanticipated technology trend that could soon bring the worlds first fully a [+9717 chars]