A US project has found that AI-controlled military robots perform worse when humans interrupt them – but letting the robots operate alone raises serious ethical questions

By David Hambling
The US military is experimenting with several kinds of robot, including this Ghost Robotics Vision 60 prototype
Tech. Sgt. Cory D. Payne/U.S. Air Force
When soldiers are teamed with robots, the human need to interfere may negate the benefits of robotic assistance, a new US military project has discovered. But letting military artificial intelligence proceed without human supervision raises troubling ethical questions.
The System-of-Systems Enhanced Small Unit (SESU) project foresees a team of around 200 to 300 soldiers augmented with swarms of small drones and robotic ground vehicles. The lightly equipped unit would fight in zones where the enemy …