adbl_ms_membershipImage_includedwith_altText_B076FLV3HT
adbl_ms_membershipImage_includedwith_altText_B076FLV3HT

1 audiobook of your choice.
Stream or download thousands of included titles.
$14.95 a month after 30 day trial. Cancel anytime.
Buy for $29.95

Buy for $29.95

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Publisher's Summary

Paul Scharre, a Pentagon defense expert and former U.S. Army Ranger, explores what it would mean to give machines authority over the ultimate decision of life or death. Scharre's far-ranging investigation examines the emergence of autonomous weapons, the movement to ban them, and the legal and ethical issues surrounding their use. He spotlights artificial intelligence in military technology, spanning decades of innovation from German noise-seeking Wren torpedoes in World War II - antecedents of today's homing missiles - to autonomous cyber weapons, submarine-hunting robot ships, and robot tank armies.

Through interviews with defense experts, ethicists, psychologists, and activists, Scharre surveys what challenges might face "centaur warfighters" on future battlefields, which will combine human and machine cognition. We've made tremendous technological progress in the past few decades, but we have also glimpsed the terrifying mishaps that can result from complex automated systems - such as when advanced F-22 fighter jets experienced a computer meltdown the first time they flew over the International Date Line.

©2018 Paul Scharre (P)2018 Tantor

What listeners say about Army of None

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    224
  • 4 Stars
    143
  • 3 Stars
    51
  • 2 Stars
    16
  • 1 Stars
    6
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    211
  • 4 Stars
    104
  • 3 Stars
    55
  • 2 Stars
    9
  • 1 Stars
    4
Story
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    184
  • 4 Stars
    124
  • 3 Stars
    50
  • 2 Stars
    10
  • 1 Stars
    10

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Robots, weapons, and AI oh my!

This book was an excellent place to start for someone just getting into the whole autonomous weapon and AI discussion. The book is well researched and organized. It draws upon historical examples as well as current policies and issues. The bottom line is that this discussion is critical and Paul Scharre has made a significant contribution to the conversation. I have a much better idea of the murky way ahead, a little less dread of "skynet", and a little more hope for the better angels of humanity. But there will be those who use autonomous weapons, however defined, for nefarious purposes and this book offers some excellent options to counter that. Paul Scharre writes well and offers all sides of the discussion. His work should be read by any and all looking to better understand autonomy in war.

8 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Excellent content, passable perfomance.

The content is excellent and makes this book a worthy successor to Wired for War. Otherwise good narration is undermined by stilted affectation of women's voices. The narrator would be better served to read quotes from women in his own voice and not attempt to affect a higher octave.

6 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

The book is better than the performance

The book is a thoughtful and thorough discussion of both the technology and the implications of autonomous systems. It’s worth a listen, despite the performer. He not only doesn’t understand the concept of acronyms (it’s “SAC,” pronounced “sack,” not “S-A-C”), but occasionally has weird pronunciations for non-acronyms (it’s “USS Vincennes,” not “Voncennes”).

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

interesting book, that flounders at the end

This is a decent read on automated weaponry kw and in the near future . It has interesting information and weapons, AI, and how they are moving forward in a new area of ethics for warfare. The book and audio book each have some shortcomings. The book doesn't know when to end. The last 2 chapters on ethics and the conclusion all say the same things over and over. I thought it was repeating a chapter. The voice performance is interesting. The author is a former special forces soldier, and the narrator at times randomly talks like he's in a commercial for "tactical flashlight" on late night TV, and at others uses a bizarre "feminine" voice when quoting female researchers. Normally one doesn't "act out " the quotes in a policy book. It also wasn't done consistently, which made it even more distracting when it kicks in.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Mostly extremely interesting!

The first three quarters of this book is extremely interesting, cutting edge and informative on upcoming military technology, addressing the challenges and pitfalls of autonomy. The last quarter bogs down in constant repetition of the ethical nuances of decision making.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Informative on a Narrow Subject

The book presented the current thoughts from a variety of professions on the future of autonomous military machines, and autonomous machines in general.

I found the passing philosophy clueless, further reaffirming my observation that humans are still universally clueless, but that is besides the point (though it was the reason I picked up the book, to further test that observation).

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Good presentation

The past, present and future of autonomous is explained. Plants the seed for further discussions on ethical, technological and military implications

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Interesting analysis but not exactly balanced

I generally enjoyed this book. It attempted to provide a comprehensive and relatively balanced look at the concept of autonomous weapons and provided some new information.

Unfortunately, there were a few problems:
- The the author did try to prevent various views on the subject, his mind was clearly made up before we 'started the journey' and he seemed to always have a bit of the "Frankenstein Complex"
- The author's arguments weren't always balanced. For instance, he repeatedly cited an example where a human who doubted the machine 'saved the day.' However, he failed to mention many other examples where the humans made the mistake. Even where he does mention an example where a manned system still caused a catastrophe, he blames the automation.
- His attempts to present different sides of the story lent equal credence to views of varying value. For instance, he cited some people who were clearly not informed on the technology.
- The book was longer and more repetitive than it needed to be. At times, it seemed like it was a sequence of articles.

- The narration was generally good, but there were multiple examples where he would spell out acronyms every time they were used, rather than using the very common human pronunciation for them. For example, it drove me crazy when he pronounced (again and again) OODA-loop as O.O.D.A. loop. That is not normal and I'm sure the author knew that

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Thought provoking read

Interesting and thought provoking audiobook. Honestly, I was more interested in the actual technologies involved and that was maybe the first third of the book. The ethical, moral, and practical aspects of autonomous weapons was interesting but not my original focus. I suspect that bans are unworkable and too easily avoidable to be put into practice. The ideas of rules of the road to help keep strategic situations stable seems more workable. All in all, worth the read if you are interested in the development of autonomous weaponry, for or against.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

This is the one

I have read several books on the future of war but this is the best. The author picks the main future war topic (autonomous weapons) and thoroughly explora and explains the arguments on both sides. Excellent.