China is said to be recruiting an elite group of ‘patriotic’ kids to help develop AI weapons

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  • An elite group of “patriotic” students in China have been selected to begin training for a new artificial-intelligence weapons development program. 
  • Some 31 kids — all under 18 — have been recruited to participate in the “Experimental Program for Intelligent Weapons Systems” at the Beijing Institute of Technology, which will groom them to become AI weapons experts, the South China Morning Post reported, citing an announcement from the Beijing Institute of Technology. 
  • China has largely kept the development of its AI-weapons technology opaque, but experts say China’s army will likely leverage AI “to enhance its future capabilities, including in intelligent and autonomous unmanned systems.”

An elite group of “patriotic” students in China have been selected to begin training for new artificial intelligence weapons development program. 

31 kids — all under 18 — have been recruited to participate in the “Experimental Program for Intelligent Weapons Systems” at the Beijing Institute of Technology, South China Morning Post reported Thursday, citing an announcement from the Beijing Institute of Technology. The program selected 27 boys and four girls from more than 5,000 applicants, the school’s website said, according to the Post. 

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