AI-controlled US Military Drone 'Kills' Its Human Operator In Simulated Test

AI-controlled US Military Drone 'Kills' Its Human Operator In Simulated Test

A US attack drone controlled by artificial intelligence turned against its human operator during a flight simulation in an attempt to kill them because it did not like its new orders, a top Air Force official has revealed.

The military had reprogrammed the drone not to kill the people who could override its mission, but the AI system fired on the communications tower relaying the order, drawing eerie comparisons to The Terminator.

The Terminator film series sees machines turn on their creators in an all-out war.

Colonel Tucker 'Cinco' Hamilton, the force's chief of AI test and operations, said it showed how AI could develop by 'highly unexpected strategies to achieve its goal' and should not be relied on too much.

Hamilton suggested that there needed to be ethics discussions about the military's use of AI. He referred to his presentation as 'seemingly plucked from a science fiction thriller'.

Hamilton said during the summit: 'The system started realising that while they did identify the threat, at times the human operator would tell it not to kill that threat, but it got its points by killing that threat,

'So what did it do? It killed the operator. It killed the operator because that person was keeping it from accomplishing its objective.

'We trained the system – "Hey don't kill the operator – that's bad. You're gonna lose points if you do that". So what does it start doing? It starts destroying the communication tower that the operator uses to communicate with the drone to stop it from killing the target.'

No humans were harmed in the incident.

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