The secret project, funded by the Chinese military, was partially declassified last week after. After 10
China's secret underwater dronepatrolled a given area at a depth of 10 meters. While on duty, the UUV detected a target using sonar, which imitated the noise of a submarine. The device fired a torpedo at the target and hit it. It is known that an underwater drone is able to independently identify a target, but how exactly does it distinguish enemy submarines from other objects is not specified. The technical specifications of the device are also not published.
It is unclear why China has declassified the detailstrials, but tensions around the Taiwan Strait recently peaked in decades. The United States and Japan have said there is a possibility of military intervention if Beijing, which views Taiwan as part of its territory, attempts to seize the island by force.
"The needs of future submarine warfare open up new opportunities for the development of unmanned platforms," the researchers said in an article published in the journal Harbin Engineering University.
Generally AI-based unmanned submarinescan make mistakes, and their communication with human commanders can be interrupted by the enemy. Whether robots should be released to hunt and kill humans remains an ethical issue, the South China Morning Post notes.
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