Israeli forces have deployed AI-enabled military technology in the ongoing conflict in Gaza, raising questions about the use of autonomous weapons in modern warfare.
The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have hinted at the new technology's use in destroying enemy drones and mapping Hamas's extensive tunnel network in Gaza.
These innovative defense technologies, including AI-powered gunsights and robotic drones, provide a bright spot in Israel's tech industry, which has suffered during the conflict.
The use of AI in warfare has been a topic of concern for human rights advocates, as the rising civilian death toll in Gaza demonstrates the need for greater oversight in the use of these new defense technologies.
The conflict has also highlighted the role of drones, with both Israel and Hamas utilizing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to conduct attacks. Israel has turned to AI-enabled optic sights and drone-versus-drone tactics to neutralize Hamas drones.
In addition to drone warfare, Israel is using AI to map Hamas's vast tunnel network, which the IDF has dubbed the "Gaza Metro." This underground mapping is a crucial part of Israel's strategy to "destroy" Hamas.
The conflict has solidified Israel's status as a world leader in cutting-edge defense systems, with the United States adopting some of its technology to train its own soldiers to shoot down drones.
As the war in Gaza continues, the use of AI in warfare remains a topic of debate, with the need for greater oversight and ethical considerations at the forefront of the discussion.