ATLAS: Killer Robot? No. Virtual Crewman? Yes.

Alarming headlines to the contrary, the US Army isn't building robotic "killing machines." What they really want artificial intelligence to do in combat is much more interesting.

No, the Army isn't turning tanks into robotic “killing machines,” as some excited headlines put it last week. Instead, as part of the military's urgent push for artificial intelligence, an Army program called ATLAS is developing an AI that acts like a virtual soldier in the turret, one designed to assist the human crew.

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