The United Kingdom is ready to change its army. If in January there were about 80,000 British soldiers, now they will be reduced to at least 70,000; however it doesn’t mean that there will be an overall reduction in the combatants in the army because there will be killer robots instead of men.
UK: Will an army of KILLER ROBOTS fight the next war?
# The two main reasons that led to this change
The main problem is that fewer and fewer people are enlisting and the current strength of the army is not enough. There are 73,870 British soldiers, but according to the plans of the General Staff there should be about 82,000. General Nick Carter, Chief of the UK Defense Staff, also stated that, in general, robots will take on more and more importance in conflicts especially now with the “fight for the conquest of space”. This is why the United Kingdom has decided to start rebuilding its army units, allocating very high funds.
# British Army: by 2030 it will be composed of 25% robots
By 2030 robots and machines will make up 25% of the entire Corps. It was General Nick Carter himself who encouraged Britain to move forward with this project. In a recent interview he said in fact: “We will see a military designed to do cyber and Space(…)This means that we will have all kinds of different figures employed, because those domains require different skill sets and we will use platforms and robotics wherever we can”. The goal is to have an army of 120 thousand soldiers, 30 thousand of which will be robots. However, there is no intention to dismiss the army. When the current soldiers retire, they will not be replaced.
# Does anyone talk about risks?
The idea of an army of killer robots does not reassure anyone. It seems to be in a science fiction film or to live in a despotic reality, where the machines are designed to kill. How could this become true? Britain is aware of the risks of a robotic army, but it is not the only one that has wanted this change. People fear that artificial intelligence will take over and you can no longer control it. However General Carter concludes by saying “it’s a risk and we must be aware of it”. Easy right? Just be aware of it.
Yet the world military industry is moving in this direction. Every day new uses of new technologies are discovered also in the field of weapons and conflicts. The British Army is one of many: the armies of the United States, Russia, India and Pakistan are changing too.