Army of None: Autonomous Weapons and the Future of War

Army of None: Autonomous Weapons and the Future of War

A Pentagon defense expert and former U.S. Army Ranger explores what it would mean to give machines authority over the ultimate decision of life or death. What happens when a Predator drone has as much autonomy as a Google car? Or when a weapon that can hunt its own targets is hacked? Although it sounds like science fiction, the technology already exists to create weapons th A Pentagon defense expert and former U.S. Army Ranger explores what it would mean to give machines authority over the...

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Title:Army of None: Autonomous Weapons and the Future of War
Author:Paul Scharre
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:0393608980
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:448 pages pages

Army of None: Autonomous Weapons and the Future of War Reviews

  • Maria
    Oct 21, 2018
    The US military has paid millions of dollars to stay at the technological cutting edge. Scharre walks the reader thru the various weapon platforms that are in development and the arguments for and against autonomy. He interviewed activists, ethicists, psychologists, inventors, programe...
  • Dwain
    Feb 28, 2019
    "Army of None" is a great introduction to a scary but fascinating topic. Scharre doesn't provide a lot of answers. The purpose of this book is to lay out the landscape so that the reader is familiar with the questions and issues surrounding autonomous weapons. Definitions, US policymak...
  • D'Evelyn Wymore
    Feb 04, 2019
    Admittedly, I only read half of the book, because I couldn't extend my library rental. However, the message got a little repetitive anyway. Essentially, autonomous technology exists, but we don't really have policies in place for building and using them. The author, Sharre, tended to f...
  • Artur Coelho
    Jul 08, 2018
    Debatemos a automação e robótica como uma inevitabilidade, dando como adquirido um futuro próximo onde os robots, sob as mais variadas formas, de grandes máquinas industriais a algoritmos de inteligência artificial, irão dominar a indústria e serviços. A discussão sobre os im...
  • Popup-ch
    Jan 04, 2019
    A fairly thorough overview of autonomous weapons, including a definition of what that actually means, a surprisingly difficult question. By some definitions an 'autonomous weapon' is any weapon that finds its own target - something that dates to the acoustic torpedoes of WWII. Since th...
  • Lachinchon
    Aug 02, 2018
    Paul Scharre?s book is a balanced, evenhanded presentation of the arguments and issues involved in the development, restriction, or ban of fully autonomous weapons (and weapons of lesser degrees of autonomy). It is the perfect primer for reasonable discussion of this literally lethal...
  • Jonathan Mckay
    Jan 26, 2019
    Disappointing. The first half of strong with a history of autonomous weapons, and a great taxonomy of the different types of autonomy, hinting at how the lines are both more blurry and more historic than I expected. With a strong setup, I was hoping for a cogent analysis of how ...
  • Daniel
    Sep 10, 2018
    Good book that explores the future of autonomous weapons. These weapons range from loitering munitions to drones to nuclear command and control systems (think war games). Further, the book explores not only advancements in technology, but the ethics and morality of developing these typ...
  • Andy Klein
    Jan 15, 2019
    Informative but not all that interesting. Although there was a lot of detail, I don?t feel like I learned very much. Could easily have been 50% shorter. Lots of repetition. ...
  • Evan
    Nov 27, 2018
    The content wasn't what I was expecting based on the title. I thought there would be more content on weapons of the future and how they would affect warfare. There was some of that, but it seemed like most of the book philosophized on the ethics/morality of autonomous weapons. I'm glad...
  • Juan Rivera
    Dec 13, 2018
    Each year Bill Gates recommends the 5 books that he has liked the most. An avid reader and quite good tastes. I almost always follow his recommendations. Of the books he recommends he had already read one, today I finished "Army of None: autonomous weapons and the future of war" writt...
  • Yu Han
    Jan 25, 2019
    Rather technical overview of autonomous weapons. Mentions many different weapon systems that lie along the spectrum of autonomy to give a good idea on how broad the topic can be. Would hope for it to cover autonomous weapons on a more moral, ethical, and philosophical perspective. ...
  • Stephen
    Mar 25, 2019
    Interesting but repetitive. ...
  • Scott J Pearson
    Apr 20, 2019
    This book, written by a non-technologist with extensive military experience, describes the intersection of artificial intelligence with United States military affairs. It uses terms like ?autonomy? and ?semi-autonomy? extensively. Autonomous weapons are weapons that can identif...
  • Jim Robles
    Mar 01, 2019
    Four stars! A thoughtful treatment of one of the issues of our time. "Emergent coordination is the most decentralized approach and is how flocks of birds, colonies of insects, and mobs of people work" (19). "In the real world, machine autonomy doesn't require a magical of free wi...
  • Szymon Warda
    Feb 20, 2019
    It took me a while to start reading the book and I've struggled through the first 10%. Not because it is bad, but because my point of view was that automated warfare is the way things will go. The book showed a much broader perspective and how automation complicates war and politics. ...
  • R L
    Jul 23, 2018
    A thought-provoking book about autonomous weaponry and the modern era, with insights on every aspect of autonomy from rhoombas to terminators. With artificial intelligence making headlines everyday as computers are mastering skills thought to lie beyond their capabilities, like beating...
  • Mick
    Aug 12, 2018
    A very good exploration of autonomous weapons, AI, and the potential of future technology in war. Written in very simple language. Worth your time. ...
  • Ietrio
    Mar 10, 2019
    Short version: a toxic book coming from a fear monger with a governmental expansion agenda. Long version: I am very interested in the subject. And, as with bioethics, the perspective is very dark. Most, if not all, asking for "moderation", "control" or anything in between are sim...
  • Majisha Namath Parambath
    Jan 19, 2019
    With Artificial Intelligence and machine learning becoming ubiquitous in our lives, it is not surprising that it is being heavily used to build autonomous weapons. This book written by a Pentagon defense expert and veteran, walks you through some of the autonomous systems that are bein...
  • Joshua Bowen
    Jan 13, 2019
    Only negative comment: I think the content could have been organized a little better. I sometimes felt what I was currently reading could have fit better in an earlier chapter, etc. That?s it. Otherwise, an outstanding analysis of the coming of AI and its potential impacts on war....
  • Lech Kaniuk
    Apr 14, 2019
    Weaponizing artificial intelligence could potentially bring many benefits such as minimizing collateral damage and decrease civilian casualties. A machine could be programmed to never break the Law of War, make less mistakes and would never get emotional and seek revenge. But do we wan...
  • Iman El-shamekh
    Nov 25, 2018
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  • Dennis Murphy
    Apr 24, 2019
    Army of None: Autonomous Weapons and the Future of War by Paul Scharre is a frightening book. It is also probably one of the more important books I have come across. Since I was very young, I have been fascinated by the notion of robots and automation in war. Probably my first exposure...
  • Sahil Shingari
    Jan 14, 2019
    The book is a comprehensive review of present and past developments and progress towards autonomous weapons. It covers a broad spectrum of technological, military and ethical aspects of an A.I. led warfare. The ubiquitous presence of A.I. is undeniable, however, the end question is wh...
  • Bill Gates
    Dec 03, 2018
    When I was a kid, I read a lot of sci-fi books. One of the most common themes was ?man vs. machine,? which often took the form of robots becoming self-aware and threatening humanity. This theme has also become a staple of Hollywood movies like The Terminator and The Matrix. Desp...
  • Jay Pruitt
    Nov 21, 2018
    "It can't be bargained with. It can't be reasoned with. It doesn't feel pity, or remorse, or fear! And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead!" ---Terminator--- Does it concern you that in the near future we'll all be dependent upon driverless cars to get arou...
  • Tyler
    Aug 02, 2018
    This was a stellar book! Well researched, and yet well written so it is accessible and enjoyable for all. If you are curious about the history of autonomy, where we are now, and what the future may hold, this is the book for you. Autonomous weapons have really been around much longer t...
  • Martynas Smitas
    Dec 24, 2018
    Swarms of thousands intelligent drones The problem with books on AI and cybersecurity is that by the time you finish, concepts seem outdated and irrelevant. Technology leaps forwards fast. Paul Scharre?s book ?Army of None? is a good exception. Paul has many years of practical...
  • Luis Lopez
    Dec 02, 2018
    I could not finish this book despite my interest in technology. As an engineer who is fascinated by artificial intelligence and machine learning, I was very eager to read this book and learn more from what experts are thinking and doing with AI. Though I did learn a few cool things, th...