Israel developing autonomous "digital general": run, John, run

via Engadget by Evan Blass on 1/24/08

Israel is reportedly developing a sophisticated piece of software meant to help troops make quick decisions during battle and, under the right conditions, autonomously manipulate the nation’s defense systems. First reported in Defense News (subscription required), the unnamed system would primarily be used for tactical decisions during periods of heavy bombardment, although in a worst-case scenario, the complex algorithm would supposedly be capable of taking over total military control. Yes, we know what you’re thinking, but don’t worry: Israeli officials have already sworn up and down that “there’s no way we’re letting this thing go Terminator on us — no freakin’ way.”

[Via Danger Room]

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