Col. Hamilton now says he mis-spoke and an air force spokesperson said he was describing a "hypothetical thought experiment" not a real or simulated test.
>>>Update: The Royal Aerospace Society says that Col. Tucker Hamilton has since reached out to them directly about this and "admits he 'mis-spoke' in his presentation at the Royal Aeronautical Society FCAS Summit and the 'rogue AI drone simulation' was a hypothetical 'thought experiment' from outside the military, based on plausible scenarios and likely outcomes rather than an actual USAF real-world simulation." . . .
"The Department of the Air Force has not conducted any such AI-drone simulations and remains committed to [the] ethical and responsible use of AI technology," Air Force Spokesperson Ann Stefanek has now also told The War Zone in a statement. "This was a hypothetical thought experiment, not a simulation."<<<
A U.S. Air Force officer says he misspoke when describing a simulation involving a drone going rogue and attacking its controllers.
At the risk of getting all QAnony, I find myself wondering how an Air Force Colonel could have been so unclear about the situation. On the other hand, others were reportedly skeptical before the Air Force "clarified" the situation.
>>>I spent several hours this morning speaking to experts in both defence and AI, all of whom were very sceptical about Col Hamilton's claims, which were being widely reported before his clarification.
One defence expert told me Col Hamilton's original story seemed to be missing "important context", if nothing else. . . .
Steve Wright, professor of aerospace engineering at the University of the West of England, and an expert in unmanned aerial vehicles, told me jokingly that he had "always been a fan of the Terminator films" when I asked him for his thoughts about the story.
"In aircraft control computers there are two things to worry about: 'do the right thing' and 'don't do the wrong thing', so this is a classic example of the second," he said.
"In reality we address this by always including a second computer that has been programmed using old-style techniques, and this can pull the plug as soon as the first one does something strange."<<<
A virtual experiment was described by a senior official at a conference, but he now says he "mis-spoke".