DeepMind’s artificial intelligence-powered AlphaStar (green) repels an attack in the virtual world of StarCraft II.
StarCraft II is the latest complex game to be conquered by artificial intelligence. But if robots now reign supreme at virtual war, where does that leave us when it comes to real conflict?
A board for the Prussian wargame of ‘Kriegsspiel.’
Matthew Kirschenbaum/Wikimedia Commons
War games let you test your political and military acumen right at your kitchen table – while also helping you appreciate how decision-makers are limited by the choices of others.
Military action during the NATO-led military exercise in Trondheim, Norway on Oct. 30, 2018. The NATO exercises included some 3,000 troops, 20 ships, several tanks and about 50 aircraft from various nations.
(Gorm Kallestad/NTB scanpix via AP)
Military exercises are more than just 'war games' -- they're aimed at signalling military capability and intent. But NATO must honour its commitment to transparency, and pressure Russia to do the same.
It might not happen today or tomorrow, but the risk of a major European conflict is very much there.
A round of ominous war games might not be cover for military action, but it could raise tensions to an explosive level.
Detail of a production still from Baden Pailthorpe ‘s MQ-9 Reaper III (Skyquest) 2015
Courtesy of the artist and Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney
Video games such as Battlefield I encourage players to find purpose and meaning in war. But a new generation of artists and gamers is starting to question the messages they propagate.