Artificial intelligence is no longer science fiction.
The personal assistants in our phones are just the tip of the iceberg. AI systems are getting more powerful everyday: they can already read, hear, talk, translate, understand feelings and, ultimately, learn by themselves. Besides, advances in robotics are enabling a powerful embodiment to these new minds, connecting them not only with other machines, but also boosting the human body.
From healthcare to infrastructure, AI and robotics are quietly entering every aspect of life. And national security isn't - and can't be - an exception.
In this study, we mapped and analysed dozens of emerging technologies that combine artificial intelligence & robotics with defense applications. In that, we found that they have an indisputable potential to change the battlefield - from ground, air and sea to the cyberspace - generating new paradigms and remodeling defense as we know it.
Our aim is to raise awareness about the future of defense, spark debates and generate insight.
DEFTECH Technology Foresight is a research program from armasuisse Science and Technology which goal is to anticipate and get the necessary understanding of the emerging technologies which might have their implications for the military in general and the Swiss armed forces in particular. › deftech.ch
Envisioning is a virtual research institute. We provide technological foresight to policy and decision makers worldwide. Our global team of academics, hackers and designers study technology to understand accelerating change. We share our work with our own tools, methodology and design. › envisioning.io
Technology is everything we create; It is how humans have been solving problems and changing its reality since the stone age. Studying emerging technologies is at the core of our future studies methodology, because it allows us to understand what is yet to come and get a glimpse of the future.
We’ve curated 76 emerging technologies using our global network of specialists. Every selected technology has had their readiness & impact levels gauged*, allowing us to understand them further. After mapping, combining and essaying these technologies, we come up with 6 scenarios that will alter the defence landscape.