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A historical analysis of rising artificial intelligence in the defense industry.

Stockbauer, Jana (2021) A historical analysis of rising artificial intelligence in the defense industry.

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Abstract:The present thesis deals with the controversial relationship between military and industry within the emergence of artificial intelligence in warfare. Therefore, a case study of an exemplary single case is conducted to symbolize the current situation of the two sectors in times of rising artificial intelligence notions. The thesis is based on a qualitative data collection mechanism combined with the theoretical framework of agenda-setting by John Kingdon. The social relevance of the research lies in the dangerous implications of the military-industrial complex and the controversial usage of artificial intelligence in warfare. The scientific relevance is to investigate whether the military-industrial complex changes over time to fill the existing gap of knowledge regarding the implications of Project Maven in the United States. Main conclusions are the difference in contractors between military and industry, followed by expanding military expenditures in artificial intelligence technologies, as well as implications that the U.S. is developing into a garrison state. Another result is a revolution in military affairs.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:89 political science
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
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