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US Experts Concerned About Russian Forces Using Killer AI Drones In Warfare

Warfare experts are worried about the advancement of AI technology with the arrival of a high-tech drone that attacks without any external assistance.

This suicide drone uses AI (artificial intelligence) technology when it comes to deciding what and when to destroy. Much to the chagrin of experts, it has been found in the war-hit Ukraine.

Experts speculate these killer robots could be used in warfare. Ukraine’s Internal Affairs Minister Anton Gerashchenko shared photos of the KUB-BLA device on Telegram.

Pictures Of Killer AI Drone Surfaces Online

These pictures have been making the rounds on the internet lately, prompting concerns from American experts over the use of the tech by the Russian military.

There is a portable launch to fire this drone, which has a wingspan of 1.2 meters. Furthermore, the manufacturer claims that the drone is capable of flying up to 30 minutes, reaching a top speed of 130km/h.

After acquiring its target, the drone crashes into its location and detonates 3 kg explosive. Subsidiary of the Russian arms company Kalashnikov, ZALA Aero, sells this drone.

To recall, ZALA Aero had demonstrated this drone at a 2019 air show. According to the company, the drone has “intelligent detection and recognition of objects by class and type in real time.”

Mr Gerashchenko shared the pictures of the drone that appears to be shot down or damaged. However, these images haven’t been officially verified yet.

Ukraine internal affairs Minister Anton Gerashchenko Killer AI Drone
The pictures, posted by Ukraine internal affairs Minister Anton Gerashchenko, on social media show the drone to be damaged or shot down. Picture: Telegram. The images are yet to be independently verified. Picture: Telegram

While the drone isn’t likely to cause major damages in Ukraine, the use would pave the way for killer AI technology. A legislation preventing the development of drones and other equipment that could kill an enemy with final decision by a human received vote down in the US.

Moreover, MIT professor Max Tegmark has opposed the use of fully autonomous weapons, calling for a worldwide ban on the developments and adoption of the technology.

“We’ll see even more proliferation of such lethal autonomous weapons unless more Western nations start supporting a ban on them,” he told Wired (via News.com).

Military technology expert Michael Horowitz told the publication there are still questions regarding the use and the quality of the killer drone.

“The companies that produce these loitering drones talk up their autonomous features, but often the autonomy involves flight corrections and maneuvering to hit a target identified by a human operator, not autonomy in the way the international community would define an autonomous weapon,” he said.

Ukraine Use Drones To Stop Russian Invasion

Ukrainians have effectively used drones to restrict Russian invasion of their country. Likewise, soldiers have been using remotely operated Turkish-made drone called the TB2 guided missiles to damage Russian vehicles and infrastructure.

To recall, Ukraine recently refused to surrender its besieged city Mariupol. In the meantime, Russia is continuing its brutal assault on population centers across Ukraine.

Moreover, Mariupol has been subject to bombing and street fighting for quite some time now. As a result, many of its residents do not have food, and water.

On Monday, the Russian Defense Ministry said it would let Ukrainians to evacuate the city unharmed. However, this would be possibly only if they surrendered to them. The Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister, Iryna Vereshchuk, said that was “not an option.”

Aniket Macwan

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