Paul J. Selva, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, answers a question at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., Jan. 21, 2016.
The Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence
hosted the event, which focused on efforts to keep the armed forces at the forefront of innovation.
WASHINGTON - The military, the people of the United States and the people of the world need to understand the profound impacts of technologies on the horizon today, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
said at the Brookings Institution
here this morning.
Air Force Gen.
Paul J. Selva
told a packed room that the world will be facing the "Terminator Conundrum" sooner rather than later, and that now is the time to discuss the affects new technologies will have on the nation and on warfare.
"You and I are on the cusp of being able to own cars that will drive themselves," Selva
"The technology exists today.
Some of us in this room own cars that park themselves, and they do a substantially better job than we do."
Always a Human in the Loop
The military has proven it can build and field unmanned underwater, aerial and ground vehicles, Selva
said, there is always a human in the loop - a remotely piloted vehicle still has a human pushing the buttons to fly the vehicle somewhere.
"We can actually build autonomous vehicles in every one of those categories," the general said, "and that brings us to the cusp of questions about whether we are willing to have unmanned, autonomous systems that can launch on an enemy."
called this a huge technology question that all people will to wrestle with.
There are huge ethical implications, implications for the laws of war and implications that the vice chairman said he
calls the "Terminator Conundrum."
These are the problems that must be addressed in the technology sector, Selva
pointed out that the sea mine that detonates when it hears a certain signature still has humans who write the code and tell the mine when it is permitted to detonate.
The Deep Learning Concept
"Deep learning" is a concept that is bandied about in technology companies, and it is also being looked at within the Defense Department, Selva
"We both have a requirement to sort some of the largest databases in the world," he