Army of None: Autonomous Weapons and the Future of War

Written by:
Paul Scharre
Narrated by:
Roger Wayne

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
May 2018
13 hours 22 minutes
Paul Scharre, a Pentagon defense expert and former U.S. Army Ranger, explores what it would mean to give machines authority over the ultimate decision of life or death.

Scharre's far-ranging investigation examines the emergence of autonomous weapons, the movement to ban them, and the legal and ethical issues surrounding their use. He spotlights artificial intelligence in military technology, spanning decades of innovation from German noise-seeking Wren torpedoes in World War II-antecedents of today's homing missiles-to autonomous cyber weapons, submarine-hunting robot ships, and robot tank armies.

Through interviews with defense experts, ethicists, psychologists, and activists, Scharre surveys what challenges might face 'centaur warfighters' on future battlefields, which will combine human and machine cognition. We've made tremendous technological progress in the past few decades, but we have also glimpsed the terrifying mishaps that can result from complex automated systems-such as when advanced F-twenty-two fighter jets experienced a computer meltdown the first time they flew over the International Date Line.
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Richard S.

This is a real scary science fiction book which, is not science fiction but rather the world we live in today. The writer is an expert on weapons and technology and offers a unique glimpse into what new issues we will deal with in the world to come with machines. Well written and well researched. The narration could have been a little better but still an excellent story telling of the book!

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