AI-Assisted Guns Deployed By Israel To Track Targets In the West Bank

A Euronews video features footage of Sharone Aloni, Research and Development VP of Sharp Shooter, demonstrating one of the company’s devices with an automatic Fire Control System. “Inside here, you have the computer running all the artificial intelligence, computer vision algorithms, which makes this what we call a true fire control system,” Aloni says. “It’s not only just relying on static information. It actually considers the human, the soldier, which is not stable. He’s under pressure. He’s tired. Sometimes he didn’t get enough training. And also, the target is usually dynamic, and it’s moving all the time.”

The company’s web site promises the systems “significantly increase weapon accuracy.” And according to Euronews, Israel’s army “says the tech protects soldiers, who can fire more accurately at a distance.” But Omar Shakir, Human Rights Watch’s director for Israel and Palestine, counters that when he hears claims of a reduction in risks, “that’s often a one-sided kind of risk. It might minimize the risk for the occupying force or the army deploying it, but often it invariably increases the risk to affected communities.” Sophisticated weapons systems “will lack elements of human control and agency that are often the difference between life and death.” Euronews adds that “Palestinians and human rights experts say the weapons are dehumanizing, dangerous and unaccountable.”

Sharp Shooter has a response to that, according to Eurnoews: the robotic guns are not fully automated, so a soldier must always pull the trigger, with the system only firing “after algorithms assess factors like wind speed, distance and velocity.” And Michal Mor, Sharp Shooter’s CEO and founder, also describes its utility in fighting a terrorist. “Usually the terrorist will be inside a civilian environment with many people that we do not want to hurt.

“We’re enabling the soldier to look through his fire control system, to make sure that the target that he wants to hit is the legitimate target. Once he locks on the target, the system will make sure that the round will be released when he presses the trigger, only on the legitimate target, and none of the bystanders can be hit by the weapon.”

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