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.
ISA panel Examining Algorithms in Security and Warfare
IRW project leader dr. Lauren Gould and co-author dr. Marijn Hoijtink will be presenting the latest iteration of their article on information-driven and algorithmic warfare at the ISA conference in Montreal on the 15th of March 2023. They wrote the article with previous IRW researchers Jack Davies and Martine Jaarsma. The article reflects on yet
Op-ed: ‘Armed drones are not some kind of superweapon’
While the war in Ukraine rages on, the Dutch state seems to be laying the political foundations for the armament of its military drones. In an op-ed in Het Parool, IRW’s Lauren Gould and Jip van Dort reflect on the shortcomings of this political process.
The Kill Cloud: Networked War, Drones, and AI
On March 25 to 27, the Disruption Network Lab organizes its 26th conference: The Kill Cloud. Through various panels and workshops with veterans, whistleblowers, and professionals, attendees will dive deeper into the real-world implications of networked warfare, drones, and artificial intelligence. The conference takes place in Kunstquartier Bethanien, Berlin, and will be streamed live for
Autonomy in the kill-chain – more than semantics?
This article examines a 2020 incident in Libya, of which the UN reported the use of a lethal autonomous weapon. It provides insight into what is meant by autonomy in weapon systems and its ramifications for war and its victims, both current and future.
Book Launch: Remote Warfare Interdisciplinary Perspectives
Contemporary warfare is becoming increasingly defined by distance. Instead of deploying large numbers of boots on the ground, many Western and non-Western states rely on support and training for local actors, employment of private military contractors and remote weaponry for airstrikes and surveillance This is remote warfare, the dominant method of military engagement employed by
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.