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Bad dog: A Ghost Robotics Vision 60 Unit armed with a 6.5 mm Creedmoor sniper rifle capable of accurately hitting targets from 3,940 feet away has been unveiled at the US Army trade show. Image: Sword International

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Last week, in a belated move, NATO announced that it would adopt an 18-point AI strategy and launch a “future-proofing” fund with the goal of investing around $1 billion. In a document published Friday summarizing its AI strategy, the organisation emphasized the need for “collaboration and cooperation” among members on “any matters relating to AI for transatlantic defence and security.” The document also lists the organization’s principles for “responsible use for AI”.

The official NATO line on gun-toting robot dogs is yet to emerge but the organisation may need to move fast. Last week a version of US firm Ghost Robotics' quadrupedal Vision 60 unit was unveiled, equipped by small-arms specialists Sword International with a sniper rifle. While Boston Dynamics, the best-known manufacturer of quadrupedal robots, has a strict policy against weaponising its machines, other manufacturers, it seems, are keeping their options open.

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"Future conflicts will be fought not just with bullets and bombs but also with bytes and big data."

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg

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