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“Apocalyptic pronouncements from scientists and entrepreneurs have driven [a] surge in interest” in artificial intelligence, writes The Guardian's science editor Ian Sample. But is it reasonable to expect that machines will one day willfully turn on their human creators?

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The entire episode involves a seamless integration of robots and troops working in tandem, of next-generation drones “wired” together and operating in teams, and of autonomous drones making their own decisions. But there’s a reason you’ve never read about it in the New York Times or the Washington Post. It won’t take place for 20 years.

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Improvements in the technology behind the predator drone are advancing at a rate faster than a half-naked Arnold Schwarzenegger fleeing extra-terrestrial assassins in an alien jungle. Two new books bring us up to date. (more)

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Nations will inevitably be more willing to use warfare as a foreign policy tool if they possess instruments limiting the cost of waging war.

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Well, really, what else did you think former California Gov Arnold Schwarzenegger would do with his free time? Having left the Golden State's governor's post to non-action-hero Jerry Brown, Schwarzenegger promptly tweeted his hopeful return to Hollywood .

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