CITRIS PI discusses potential impact of AI in Russia-Ukraine war

Destroyed buildings in Ukraine during Russian invasion.

As the war between Ukraine and Russia approaches a year in length, experts say that fully autonomous drones may soon be used to identify, select and attack targets in the fighting. Currently, Ukraine has semi-autonomous attack drones and counter-drone weapons endowed with artificial intelligence (AI) while Russia claims to possess AI weaponry.

Stuart Russell, a UC Berkeley professor and AI researcher affiliated with the CITRIS People and Robots initiative, notes both the simplicity and danger of AI-powered drones.

According to a poll he conducted with colleagues, there’s consensus in the field that the technology could be produced by a graduate student within a single academic term, as he shared with The Associated Press.