A Ukrainian serviceman shoots at a Russian drone with an assault rifle from a trench at the front line east of Kharkiv on March 31, 2022. Chinese military researchers predict drones armed with facial recognition and AI will be used in future conflicts. Photo: AFP
A Ukrainian serviceman shoots at a Russian drone with an assault rifle from a trench at the front line east of Kharkiv on March 31, 2022. Chinese military researchers predict drones armed with facial recognition and AI will be used in future conflicts. Photo: AFP
Drones

China spurred by Russia’s setbacks in Ukraine to develop smarter military drones

  • PLA researchers say drones will use AI and publicly available photos from social media to identify, track or kill high ranking officials behind enemy lines
  • The war has also drawn China’s attention to SpaceX’s Starlink: ‘The space internet has become a reality and changed the form of war’

A Ukrainian serviceman shoots at a Russian drone with an assault rifle from a trench at the front line east of Kharkiv on March 31, 2022. Chinese military researchers predict drones armed with facial recognition and AI will be used in future conflicts. Photo: AFP
A Ukrainian serviceman shoots at a Russian drone with an assault rifle from a trench at the front line east of Kharkiv on March 31, 2022. Chinese military researchers predict drones armed with facial recognition and AI will be used in future conflicts. Photo: AFP
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