Across the globe, militaries are investing heavily in a technology predicted by many to herald the “Third Revolution in Warfare” after gunpowder and the atomic bomb: Artificial Intelligence (AI). At this stage, the future of AI in warfare is uncertain. Such uncertainty, however, provides a powerful impetus for militaries to invest significant resources in AI, fearing they may one day face an autonomous adversary and be ill-equipped to respond fast enough. In this De Correspondent article and accompanying podcast, Lennart Hofman asks if these investments are justified, or if the hype around AI is simply that – hype.
Crowded Skies: Drones in Nagorno-Karabakh
Whilst a deluge of video clips showing drone-captured footage of air and missile strikes on seemingly defenceless ground vehicles led some to proclaim the ‘death of the tank’, this may have been an overestimation of the real impact drones had in the conflict.