Our future wars will be fought in code, using data and algorithms as powerful weapons.
The current global order is being shaped by artificial intelligence, and the same countries leading the world in A.I. research – the U.S., China, Israel, France, Russia, the U.K., and South Korea – are also developing weapons systems that include at least some autonomous functionality. Israel uses autonomous drones for border patrol, while China developed stealth drones capable of autonomous airstrikes.
Our FTI analysis shows that the future of warfare encompasses more than traditional weapons. Using A.I. techniques, a military can “win” by destabilizing an economy rather than demolishing countrysides and city centers. From that perspective, and given China’s unified march advancing artificial intelligence, China is dangerously far ahead of the West.
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