ROBOTS calling the shots in the skies, while technologically advanced supersoldiers patrol the ground — this is the future of warfare according to a new report predicting combat over the coming decades.
The report, Visualizing the Tactical Ground Battlefield in the Year 2050, was the result of a workshop held with leaders from the US Defence Department, Army Research Lab, Institute for Defence Analysis and a select number of academia.
In the world envisioned, armed drones will patrol the skies searching for enemy targets to eliminate.
The use of drones in the current military landscape dictates it is always a human that decides to pull the trigger, but the report suggests soldiers may only have limited control over the smart-robots of the future.
“The difference being that in the former, human decisions are a required step in a process and thus humans are exercising positive control,” the report stated.
“While in the latter, humans can only observe the behaviours that are taking place, but they can only act after the fact or in anticipation of expected behaviours.”