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Army of None: Autonomous Weapons and the Future of War
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Paul Scharre
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Army of None: Autonomous Weapons and the Future of War

Paul Scharre


WW Norton & Co

Military history;
Military engineering;
Artificial intelligence


448 pages

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The era of autonomous weapons has arrived. Today around the globe, at least thirty nations have weapons that can search for and destroy enemy targets all on their own. Paul Scharre, a leading expert in next-generation warfare, describes these and other high tech weapons systems-from Israel's Harpy drone to the American submarine-hunting robot ship Sea Hunter-and examines the legal and ethical issues surrounding their use. A smart primer to what's to come in warfare (Bruce Schneier), Army of None engages military history, global policy, and cutting-edge science to explore the implications of giving weapons the freedom to make life and death decisions. A former soldier himself, Scharre argues that we must embrace technology where it can make war more precise and humane, but when the choice is life or death, there is no replacement for the human heart.

By:   Paul Scharre
Imprint:   WW Norton & Co
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 208mm,  Width: 140mm,  Spine: 30mm
Weight:   350g
ISBN:   9780393356588
ISBN 10:   0393356582
Pages:   448
Publication Date:   March 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

A former U.S. Army Ranger who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, Paul Scharre is the director of the Technology and National Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. He has written for the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Time, Foreign Affairs, and Politico, and he appears frequently on CNN, FOX News, NPR, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Virginia.

A sober, policy-focused primer on what is coming...written in an interesting and accessible manner. -- War on the Rocks A one-stop guide book to the debates, the challenges, and yes, the opportunities that can come from autonomous warfare. -- Techcrunch Army of None delivers what will likely be the most important general-audience book on this topic for at least the next decade. -- Lawfare In this comprehensive analysis, Scharre moves beyond the cliches of 'killer robots.' -- Lawrence D. Freeman - Foreign Affairs An authoritative and sobering perspective on the automated battlefields that will very soon come to characterize military conflict. -- Science A must-read for anyone interested in AI and the future of warfare. -- Task & Purpose One of the most interesting books on military affairs that I have read in some time. -- Thomas E. Ricks - New York Times Book Review A tour de force of the future of war technology...A highly readable journey through the world of robots on the battlefield and beyond. -- P.W. Singer, author of Wired for War and Ghost Fleet

  • Winner of William E. Colby Award 2019
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