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Drones enable the tool for Artificial Intelligence (AI) to be used, if not already. AI is programmers dream for rule-based drama solving a problem. The problem is whatever, the programmer has been told to solve. Geography analysis, attack parameters. defensive measures, and of course the "best guess" who the enemy is to destroy. So, drones are very useful using AI. We already have drones on the ground as well as in the air, so whoever, identifies the use of an AI parameter to be used is the real question for the pacifist to reveal. Get over it, it's here from micro-minature to large drones using AI. There is no area that AI cannot use or be used on to perform it's mission. Example: A drone is launched with a preprogrammed mission (no hands on by the operator) and is completely automated. The drone while on mission determines where the mission is to take place and looks for it with some AI defined parameters to distinguish a clear objective from some unfamiliar territory. Once the drone locates the mission area, it goes into a preplanned/programmed objective to further locate attack objects (human, buildings, installations, aircraft, ships, whatever). After the mission objective finally located from the recognized territory, the drone selects an offensive weapon and fires. After firing and the drone uses AI to determine satisfactory results, it happily comes home. This is an raw example of how a drone with AI can be used within todays technology and be used without any human connection. Just launch and go watch TV, the drone will conduct it's objective completely.
Drones are useful in that all one needs is a skilled group of programmers writing the subroutines and software for an AI routine to offensive and defensive missions. The drone itself can be so advanced that no human pilot can maneuver the flight, which enables the drone to be extremely deadly in battles with the opposition. In this scenario, it appears it's just a good video game that are children use daily. The video game is placing the competition of a human with the preprogrammed response of a software package. Yes, AI is inside many video games. They game learns by your motions and recreates a different competitive move that you did not see before. That's AI. Drones are perfect for AI. Next comes the Terminator!