Advancing the Science and Acceptance of Autonomy for Future Defense Systems, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities of the Committee on Armed Services, House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, November 19, 2015 [open pdf - 2MB]
This is the November 19, 2015 hearing "Advancing the Science and Acceptance of Autonomy for Future Defense Systems," held before the House Committee on Armed Services. From the opening statement of subcommittee chairman Joe Wilson: "I am pleased to welcome everyone here today for today's hearing on advancing the science and acceptance of autonomy for future defense systems. The military necessity for autonomous systems is obvious. Many of us recognize that our military is not large enough, and it is not likely to grow sufficiently over the next few years to handle all the threats we face. On top of this, shrinking budgets will shrink our military, stretch our military men and women and platforms even further to be able to accomplish their ever-changing and challenging missions. The promise of autonomous systems is becoming more evident every day. From self-driving cars to smart buildings to increasing presence of robotics, the full potential of autonomous systems is nearly endless. What is less understood are the technical and policy challenges that must be identified and solved to make those visions a reality. Most of us are more likely to understand what is possible with examples provided from television and movies. So I am looking forward to having real experts shed light on what the actual state-of- the-art technology is, and what the path to acceptance looks like for the military services. And with this backdrop, we look forward to hearing from today's panel of witnesses who will educate members on many of the issues related to autonomy research and the development of increasingly autonomous systems." Statements, letters, and other materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Jonathan Bornstein, Frank Kelley, and Greg L. Zacharias.
H.A.S.C. No. 114-67; House Armed Services Committee Number 114-67
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