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How AI will revolutionize warfare

By Michael Hirsh

11 Apr 2023 · 6 min read

Editor's Note

AI-driven software could make conflicts less lethal, Foreign Policy reports. More worryingly, decision-makers could end up relying far too much on the new technology—even when it comes to nuclear war.

When it comes to advanced artificial intelligence, much of the debate has focused on whether white-collar workers are now facing the sort of extinction-level threat that the working class once did with robotics. And while it’s suddenly likely that AI will be capable of duplicating a good part of what lawyers, accountants, teachers, programmers, and—yes—journalists do, that’s not even where the most significant revolution is likely to occur.

The latest AI—known as generative pre-trained transformers (GPT)—promises to utterly transform the geopolitics of war and deterrence. It will do so in ways that are not necessarily comforting, and which may even turn existential.

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