Former High NATO Commander Warns of “Drone Swarm” Risk

SUBSCRIBER+EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW — Whereas the usage of deadly drones is escalating in Ukraine, Russia, the Center East and elsewhere, the worldwide proliferation of the expertise and advances in synthetic intelligence have raised issues concerning the risk posed by so-called autonomous weapons – drones that destroy targets with restricted human intervention, counting on algorithms and onboard sensors.   

As human management or oversight is lowered, elementary questions come up: Can these autonomous techniques be trusted to make spur-of-the-moment judgments, differentiate between good friend and foe, and decrease collateral injury? There may be specific concern about so-called “drone swarms” – through which massive numbers of low-cost autonomous weapons may very well be deployed towards adversaries to devastating impact.   

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