Gen. Paul Selva: Military-Industry Dialogue Needed to Discuss Impact of New Tech

Paul Selva
Paul Selva

Gen. Paul Selva, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, believes awareness and dialogue regarding new technologies can help U.S. efforts to drive innovation in warfare and other applications, DoD News reported Thursday.

Jim Garamone writes that Selva told his audience at the Brookings Institution both the military and industry should address concerns regarding the impact of technologies, including potential ethical implications or what he calls the ‘Terminator Conundrum.’

Selva said technologies such as autonomous vehicles “[bring] us to the cusp of questions about whether we are willing to have unmanned, autonomous systems that can launch on an enemy.”

He also noted that the application of the “deep learning” concept in machines also presents a dilemma.

“The deep learning concept of teaching coherent machines… to advise humans and making them our partners has huge consequences,” he said, according to the report.

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