Many have worried that advances in artificial intelligence and robotics could put people out of work.
For those in the United States Army, seeing robots take over certain dangerous jobs, like defusing bombs, as the Associated Press reports, might be welcome. Just one Army contract on the robotics front is worth about $500 million for 3,000 backpack-sized robots that could not only work as the bomb squad, but also scout enemy positions.
The U.S. Navy, Marines, and Air Force are also putting money into big automation projects. But there’s a problem: potential security flaws.