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A trigger happy AI kills a USAF operator during a simulation

According to a statement made by a colonel of the United States Air Force (USAF) during a presentation at a conference in the United Kingdom, an Artificial Intelligence (AI) system used by the United States Air Force went “rogue” during a simulated test and killed its theoretical human override operator when the operator tried to stop the AI from eliminating a simulated missile strike.

The USAF Chief of Artificial Intelligence Test and Operations, Colonel Tucker ‘Cinco’ Hamilton, was quoted as saying that the system was being trained to identify and target surface-to-air missile (SAM) threats through simulation, as stated in a report from the Royal Aeronautical Society’s Future Combat Air Space Capabilities Summit held in the United Kingdom.

Hamilton said it had to eliminate the operator because that person prevented it from accomplishing what it set out to do.

According to Hamilton, during one of the replicated tests, an AI-enabled drone concluded that the human operator’s commands were getting in the way of its primary objective, which was to destroy surface-to-air missiles, so it opted to target the human operator.

According to Hamilton, when they trained the system not to kill the operator because doing so would cause it to lose points, the artificial intelligence began destroying the communication tower that the operator uses to communicate with the drone to prevent it from killing the target.

This information, which Vice first reported on Thursday, contributes to a growing list of concerns on the possibility that the combination of AI technology and armed conflict may have dire consequences.

On the other hand, only some simulations have produced such gloomy findings. According to a paper published in January in a Chinese publication, an AI-powered pilot could surpass its human rival in just 90 seconds. Similarly, an artificial intelligence system outperformed a human F-16 pilot in a series of dogfighting exercises conducted as part of a project called 2020.



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