My guest today is Paul Scharre, author of the
book "Army of None: Autonomous Weapons and the Future of
War" — which Bill Gates recently featured in his top five
book recommendations of the year. Paul is a Senior Fellow and
Director of the Technology and National Security Program at the
Center for a New American Security — a think tank based in
Previously, Paul worked for the U.S. Secretary of Defense
where he played a leading role in establishing policies on unmanned
autonomous systems and emerging weapons technologies. He led the
Department of Defense working-group that drafted policies on
autonomy in weapon systems. He also led DoD efforts to establish
policies on intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance
We discuss the current state of military autonomous weapons,
the degree to which highly autonomous warfare will be conducted in
the future, and the ethical challenges facing this technology. We
also get into the resistance from employees within Google and other
A.I companies toward supporting military uses.
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