Elon Musk says that the “jet fighter era has passed” and that the US needs autonomous drones to compete
Elon Musk believes the era of fighter jets is over and future warfare will be conducted by autonomous drones.
The CEO of Tesla and SpaceX made the prediction during a conversation with US Air Force Lt. Gene. John Thompson at the Air Warfare Symposium on Friday in Orlando, Florida.
“Drone warfare is where the future will be. It’s not that I want the future – it’s just, this is what the future will be, “said the billionaire.
Musk also believes the Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jet, the Pentagon’s most expensive weapon system, should have a competitor – and specifically a “drone fighter”, according to CNBC.
Musk’s reason for proposing new technology is that he is concerned that the US may fall behind other nations when it comes to weapons of war if officials do not look at new innovations.
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Elon Musk believes the jet fighter era is over and future warfare will be done by autonomous drones. “Drone warfare is where the future will be. It’s not that I want the future – it’s just, this is what the future will be, “said the billionaire
“This is not something that used to be a risk, but now a risk,” said Musk. “I have no doubt that if the United States does not seek innovation in space, it will take second place in space.”
Musk also believes that the Chinese economy will ultimately “defeat the US” at least twice.
“One thing that feels pretty strange is that the Chinese economy is likely to become at least twice as large as the American economy, perhaps three times,” Musk said.
“The basis of war is economy,” said Musk.
Musk also believes the Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jet (photo) is the Pentagon’s most expensive weapon system and should have a competitor – and in particular a “drone fighter plane”
“If you have half the resources of the counterparty, you should really be innovative, if you are not innovative, you lose.”
Although many may ignore what the billionaire has to say, his words are reminiscent of a report from the National Artificial Intelligence Commission released last November.
The group, in the report, urges officials to develop AI-driven security and defense technologies before the US falls victim to increased cyber attacks, disinformation campaigns and the erosion of individual privacy and civil liberties.
The interim report was released in November and the final report was due sometime this year.
This document will soon be handed over to the US Secretary of Defense and contains important steps that the government can take to put the US first.
Although many may ignore what the billionaire has to say, his words are reminiscent of a report from the National Artificial Intelligence Commission released last November. The group, in the report, urges officials to develop AI-driven security and defense technologies before the US becomes the victim of increased cyber attacks
“We are concerned that America’s role as the world’s leading innovator is being threatened,” wrote committee chairman (and former Google CEO) Eric Schmidt and vice-chairman Robert Work in the introduction to the report.
“We know that strategic competitors invest in research and applications.”
“It is only reasonable to conclude that AI capabilities can be used to threaten our critical infrastructure, strengthen disinformation campaigns, and wage war.”
China, which is reported to be the “most serious strategic competitor,” has declared its mission to become the world leader in artificial intelligence (AI) by 2030 – and has pledged $ 150 billion so far to see it happen .
China has also been discovered by national security and law enforcement officials that China is acquiring AI knowledge and technology from the United States to undermine our strategic benefits
However, the document also highlights areas where the country uses technology for evil and not to protect itself against foreign invaders.
China uses the technology to “build a dystopian surveillance state and strives to create social credit systems that” blacklist “people based on who they communicate with, where they travel, what they buy and how they use their cell phones.
National security and law enforcement officials also found that China is acquiring AI knowledge and technology from the United States to undermine our strategic benefits.
While China uses AI to infiltrate databases and people’s lives, Russia uses it to develop high-tech war machines.
While China uses AI to infiltrate databases and people’s lives, Russia uses it to develop high-tech war machines. In March of this year, Russia unveiled an army of “killer robots” that will help infantry on the battlefield in propaganda images (photo)
“Russia already has armed robotic vehicles with autonomous features on the battlefield to support a brutal dictator without a clear focus on ethical considerations,” the report reads.
“It will almost certainly use AI to speed up its efforts to violate the sovereignty of other states with the help of hybrid warfare.”
In March of this year, Russia unveiled an army of “killer robots” that will help infantry on the battlefield with propaganda images.
The video, released by the Kremlin, seemed to show state-of-the-art drone technology, including AI-controlled, driverless tank, following the target of a soldier rifle to wipe out targets with his own weapons.
The Russian Advanced Research Foundation (ARF) said the ultimate goal is to have an army of robots that is fully controlled by artificial intelligence algorithms – technology far beyond the reach of the US.
The preliminary report has outlined steps that the US government can take to prevent them from falling victim to the AI capabilities of China and Russia.
The first attempt is to invest in AI research and development, followed by the use of technology in the national security mission, and then to train and recruit AI talent.
It also proposes to make an effort to build on existing technology and to bundle global AI companies to build AI partnerships with other like-minded countries.
WHAT IS CHINA’S SOCIAL CREDIT SYSTEM?
China plans to complete construction of the national social credit system by the end of 2020 following the start in 2014.
It is a national-level initiative approved by the State Council of the country and led by the National Development and Reform Commission and the People’s Bank of China.
The system assesses Chinese citizens based on their daily behavior, and this can vary from their bank credit to their social media activities.
By the end of 2020, the number of security cameras in China is 600 million
Once built, the national system could determine how easily a citizen could rent a flat, buy travel tickets or pay for a cup of tea.
With a slogan of ‘once discredited, limited everywhere’, it promises to punish ‘unreliable’ citizens – many of whom are debtors – in all areas of life.
It is supported by a national database that tracks and assesses the activities of 1.4 billion people in the country, primarily in the financial and legal field.
The database is facilitated by information from major internet providers, banks, utilities, retailers, among others.
Individuals and companies can consult their personal social credit report Credit China.
China’s social credit system assesses citizens based on their daily behavior
The social credit system is made possible by China’s ever-increasing surveillance network, which currently has 200 million AI-powered cameras.
The number of cameras is set to triple in two years when the system is built.
The surveillance network has been announced as the world’s most powerful face recognition system and aims to identify one of its 1.4 billion inhabitants in three seconds.
Critics, however, have expressed concerns about the system and claim that it is a way in which the government can invade the privacy of citizens and limit their freedom.
From March 2019, 13.49 million Chinese citizens across the country have been classified as unreliable.
About 3.59 million defaulters have repaid a total of 440 million yuan (£ 50) of debt, according to the Chinese National Development and Reform Commission, which regulates the social credit system.