Assistant professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and research associate in the Rock Ethics Institute
In theory, robotic soldiers don’t get emotional, or revengeful, or angry. But the possibility of an accident raises issues of responsibility and liability, which are of great importance in military matters.
Increased autonomy thanks to AI, as well as maximised lethality, raises a philosophical problem: is the prospect of human soldiers facing bloodless, incredibly efficient machines acceptable?
But future autonomous systems might be perfect at targeting, so such a “precise” war would be less bloody.
Advances in precision warfare might also drive a new kind of dissuasion.
PhD student at the Centre for Management Research (I³-CRG*) at École Polytechnique (IP Paris)
The drone market is growing rapidly in large part due to the high demand for drones in military applications.
Although it has long been dominated by the United States and Israel, new players are entering the market such as Turkey and Iran.
It is estimated that more than 80 countries now have military drones: armed or surveillance.
The market is currently driven by civilian drones, which are mass-market, low-cost and can easily be adapted for military use.
The rapid development of drones is giving rise to new challenges: autonomy, connectivity, and cybersecurity.
Journalist and Author
Editor of Telos and author, Richard Robert teaches at Sciences Po. He directed the Paris Innovation Review from 2012 to 2018. Latest books: Le Social et le Politique (dir., with Guy Groux and Martial Foucault), CNRS éditions, 2020, La Valse européenne (with Élie Cohen), Fayard, published in March 2021.