The United States Air Force has denied that an artiticial intelligence based drone "attacked and killed" its human handler during a simulated experiment.
Reports attributed to a U.S.A.F colonel said that earlier this week that a drone outwitted its artificial intelligence training and killed its handler during a simulation exercise. The claims went viral and were top news all over the world.
Air Force spokesperson Ann Stefanek said in a June 2 statement no such testing took place, adding that the service member’s comments were likely “taken out of context and were meant to be anecdotal.”
“The Department of the Air Force has not conducted any such AI-drone simulations and remains committed to ethical and responsible use of AI technology,” Stefanek said. “This was a hypothetical thought experiment, not a simulation.”
C4ISR.net reported that The killer-drone-gone-rogue was attributed to Col. Tucker “Cinco” Hamilton, the chief of the air force's AI testing and operations, in a recap from the Royal Aeronautical Society’s FCAS23 Summit in May.
The summary was later updated to include additional comments from Hamilton, who said he misspoke at the conference.