Autonomous Power: From War to Peace in the I-Robot Millennium
NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV NORFOLK VA JOINT ADVANCED WARFIGHTING SCHOOL
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At its core, this thesis is about ways and means exponentiation. In the national strategic planning calculus, when the strategy for applying ways and means outstrips desired ends, the resulting outcome is risk. Autonomous power, the fruitful combination of artificial intelligence with autonomy, creates a method of producing ways and means at a scale unprecedented in human history, driving down risk. Imagine if a nation could accomplish all of the ends dictated by core national interests and still possess a surplus of ways and means designated for accomplishing the altruistic endeavors that so frequently lose out in a world hamstrung by limited resources. So powerful is this new concept that it bears consideration as a new element of national power, perhaps even more dominant than the diplomatic, information, military and economic elements of the past.