Army of None

Autonomous Weapons and the Future of War

Paul Scharre (Author)

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“A tour de force of the future of war technology.… A highly readable journey through the world of robots on the battlefield and beyond.”—P.W. Singer, author of Wired for War and Ghost Fleet

The era of autonomous weapons has arrived. Today around the globe, at least thirty nations have weapons that can search for and destroy enemy targets all on their own. Paul Scharre, a leading expert in next-generation warfare, describes these and other high tech weapons systems—from Israel’s Harpy drone to the American submarine-hunting robot ship Sea Hunter—and examines the legal and ethical issues surrounding their use. “A smart primer to what’s to come in warfare” (Bruce Schneier), Army of None engages military history, global policy, and cutting-edge science to explore the implications of giving weapons the freedom to make life and death decisions. A former soldier himself, Scharre argues that we must embrace technology where it can make war more precise and humane, but when the choice is life or death, there is no replacement for the human heart.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • Forthcoming March 2019
  • ISBN 978-0-393-35658-8
  • 5.5 × 8.2 in / 448 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide including Canada, Singapore and Malaysia, but excluding the British Commonwealth.

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Endorsements & Reviews

“One of the most interesting books on military affairs that I have read in some time.” — Thomas E. Ricks, New York Times Book Review

“A must-read for anyone interested in AI and the future of warfare.” — Task & Purpose

“Are we prepared for the most fundamental shift in warfare in history? This illuminating book will dominate the discussion.” — Admiral James Stavridis, former Supreme Allied Commander at NATO

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