Software is eating the world and Artificial Intelligence is eating software, but weaponry is breathing Artificial Intelligence. Weaponry and warfare are inextricably connected. Important features of weaponry have remained dependent on technology. From ancient times to current, every technological breakthrough has made weaponry more advanced by enhancing their capacities. Some of the distinct features which Artificial Intelligence has added to the field of weaponry now include perception, cognition and action (will). Currently, autonomous weaponry is between semi and fully autonomous stages of development. If the change persists, human control over weaponry will gradually diminish. If technological singularity is materialised, it will be done at the expense of invincible weaponry and extinction of Homo sapiens.
This research paper was originally published in the CSCR’s biannual research journal Stratagem. The full publication is accessible on the journal website or alternatively download its pdf by clicking on the link.
Khaqan Ahmad has done M.Phil in International Relations from the National Defense University, Islamabad. His areas of expertise are Indo-Pacific region, Middle East, European Affairs, International Political economy, Foreign Policy of USA, China and Russia, Philosophy, Theories of IR and Artificial Intelligence. Currently, he is working as a Research Associate at the CSCR.