F-16 on track to becoming autonomous

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  1. rasmasyean macrumors 6502a

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    o0o0o pretty soon an AI contorlled jet..
    OMG robots are going to take over humanity soon!
     
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    Lockheed Martin: leading the way to the robot wars of the future!
     
  6. Beric macrumors 68020

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    Do you want THEM to get such weapons first? What if Japan had gotten a nuclear bomb? Would we be as well off with dangerous weapons in the hands of countries that actually wish to conquer the world?
     
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    Um, since when is Japan conquering the world? I'm pretty sure they were done with that after WWII. And last time I checked Japan is our ally.
     
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    And what is it, exactly, that the United States seeks in playing world cop?

    Nice historical comprehension... the reference is to WWII.
     
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    I think he means WWII could have turned out very differently had Japan developed the atomic bomb first.
     
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    While I believe in continuously maintaining a strong, modern military, we should not pursue weapons development merely for it's own sake.

    At any rate, this is a long-anticipated step. Fighter pilots are expensive to train and in any air war they are truly the limiting factor, not the aircraft. Unmanned combat aircraft are the way of the future, although I doubt they will truly replace piloted combat aircraft for many years if ever. Still, they are likely to be employed for riskier missions such as SEAD. Some other missions, such as close air support, are much more dangerous for a computer to undertake because target recognition is extremely critical - witness current missions in Afghanistan where pilots are dropping munitions dangerously close to friendly forces during firefights.

    Unmanned combat aircraft make sense in the context of low-intensity or limited wars where a high-tech professional army is facing a smaller irregular force armed with more primitive but still effective weapons.
     
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    I will mourn the day we have 100% AI fighter jets, etc. The US military is just developing a way to get the American public to support more wars by getting rid of our own casualties. Frankly, nothing will replace a human being in any aircraft. Whether it is military or commercial. I speak sort of selfishly as an AI commercial aircraft means I am out of a job. :)
     
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    So does this mean it can pull higher Gs in turns now? I thought the limiting factor in the F-16's case was the human pilot.
     
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    oh here we go....:rolleyes:

    For a site with people always talking about drinking apples kool aide, they never seem to look at what our government does critically.
     
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    The Hideous Enemy Mothers?
    Tall Handsome Enema Men?
    Tanned Heinous Eagle Monkeys?
     
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    Paranoia much?

    The USA versus the world. They are all out to get us, we must make sure we can crush anyone who even sneezes on us.

    In fact paranoia seems to be a a corner stone of US foreign policy.
     
  17. és: macrumors 6502a

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    Yes. Very, very, very much.

    It's one of the US's many weaknesses. They remind me a little of a hegemonic hulk hogan.
     
  18. Queso macrumors G4

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    They'd be better off trying to develop AI to control the financial system.
     
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    The Hated Evil Muslims
    The Hideous Extremist Mullahs
    The Hip-hop Enthalpy Machine
    Tossed-Halloumi Engraved Margheritas
    Telekinetic Helium-Engorged Mothballs...

    Your guess is as good as mine.
     
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    Puts me in mind of this cartoon, received recently.

    [​IMG]
     
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    It's societal pressure on the military that pushes for AI and unmanned fighting machinery.

    In WW II, we lost thousands dead in not many days at places like Iwo Jima and Normandy. Nobody hollered, "Let's quit; look at all those dead!" Fast forward to Iraq, where the number of our dead was wrapped into the argument for leaving.

    FWIW, an F-16 can pull more Gs in a turn than a pilot can survive without blacking out, even with his G-suit. The computer, unless over-ridden, prevents such G-loads.

    'Rat
     
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    You don't think the motivations for sending in troops in each case might have something to do with public opinion?


    This has the potential to be quite tasty if done right.
     
  24. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    Didn't any of you people read Tofflers' War and Antiwar in college? This has been a stated goal of the US military since the '70s. Nothing new here, other than the technological developments that have let to its materialization.
     
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    Cool Tech...

    Still, the future of warfare isn't really going to be remote planes as much as on-the-ground guerilla warfare.
     

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