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Decide now how you feel about AI powered drones autonomously patrolling the skies. Imagine them learning from successes and failures and using new experiences to make decisions about how to apply rules of engagement to potential to targets below.
Drones have been one of the most controversial new developments in warfare. Your view about a drone in Afghanistan being operated by a military person sitting down the street from a suburban Red Lobster in America is something of a litmus for your views on the use of the military writ large. But autonomous flying vehicles are a separate issue altogether.
A Carnegie Mellon Robotics Institute professor recently let a drone learn how to fly indoors by letting it crash over 11000 times in 20 difference indoor spaces. Watch the video for more.
One of the big questions regarding the future impact and the likelihood of AI doing things we don't want it to is the extent to which its abilities can be extended. I understand the argument that people are prone to making decisions we don't like too. But that alone is not an argument for treading very carefully here.
Read more in this Digital Trends article and tell me what you think.
Michael Zammuto is the CEO of Completed.com and Cloud Commerce and a strategic adviser to several startups. Mike's background is in SaaS services, B2C sites and B2B firms and has worked extensively in online reputation, digital marketing and branding.