The U.S. Navy will avoid a “Terminator” scenario, referring to the film franchise in which a military computer network tries to wipe out humanity, when it comes to autonomous weapons, Defense News reports.
Steve Olsen, the deputy branch head in the Navy’s mine warfare office, said that although the service is working on autonomous systems for military purposes and has seen success with getting these systems to work together on complicated assignments, the developers are very aware of the potential dangers.
“Trust is something that is difficult to come by with a computer, especially as we start working with our test and evaluation community,” Olsen said. “I’ve worked with our test and evaluation director, and a lot of times it’s: ‘Hey, what’s that thing going to do?’ And I say: ‘I don’t know, it’s going to pick the best path.’
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