AI's impact on military power

Warships and fighter jets of the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy taking part in a military display in the South China Sea last year.
Warships and fighter jets of the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy taking part in a military display in the South China Sea last year. PHOTO: REUTERS
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At the Singapore Defence Technology Summit that begins tomorrow, defence innovation leaders from around the world will discuss the direction and nature of novel technologies, as well as their impact at a time of intensifying geopolitical strategic competition.

One of the key issues for this summit has to do with artificial intelligence (AI) and whether its rapid diffusion will have a revolutionary impact on the future of warfare; if it does, how will it be applied to weapons technology and even the way the military is organised?

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 25, 2019, with the headline AI's impact on military power. Subscribe