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Autonomous Killing Machines: The Future of Warfare?
Developing, building and maintaining AKMs is creating jobs.
The development of a working and specified AI, which is essential for AKMs, will need much brain power, therefore more competence will be needed.
AKMs will most likely rely on large amounts of environmental data. The processing and tuning of this data corresponds with a significant amount of human input.
The development and maintenance of software requires a large number of engineers. Even companies such as Samsung, which is more famous for its hardware than software products, have more than
40.000 software engineers
, which equals 1/7th of its total workforce.
AKMs will also destroy jobs, especially if the human infrastructure that enables the recruitment, training, deployment and rehabilitation of soldiers shrinks (as their jobs are taken over by AKMs and other, similar machines).
Such costs for employing AI researchers, data scientists, hardware experts, and training them, makes them cost prohibitive to fight large conflicts that rely on AKMs.
Technology has not been shown to add net jobs in the rest of the economy
, it simply reshuffles and repurposes workers (
this is seen in services and manufacturing, most clearly
). Many people think that technology generally
leads more likely to a 'post-employment' world than a full-employment world
Development only brings jobs to educated people with a skillset easily applicable elsewhere since computing and engineering has no shortage of demand for skilled employees.
Construction is becoming increasingly automated.