Sometimes reality is stranger than fiction. Today a method has come to light that has been used by Marines to avoid detection by an AI linked to a military robot. By having this context, the imagination may fly and what comes to mind are complex methods that involve hacking the AI, but we already anticipate that this has not been the case.
In fact, in order to outwit the Artificial intelligence They only needed a cardboard box. Yes, you read it right. A cardboard box was enough to beat the latest technology. The most curious thing about this matter is that using a cardboard box is not an original idea, in fact, it is one of the most characteristic mechanics of Metal Gear Solid.
Yes, they have been inspired by the action game created by Hideo Kojima and developed by Konami that started in 1998. In this game you can use a box to avoid being detected by enemies, in addition to using it to carry out infiltration missions in enemy bases . Of course, it was never raised as something viable or real.
Now the situation has changed and it seems that one box is more than enough to outwit a detection AI. But, who have been those who have used a cardboard box for this work? As stated in your account Twitter Shashank Joshi, a journalist at The Economist, the situation has occurred in the United States.
Metal Gear Solid strategies applied to real life to outwit an AI
Shashank Joshi has had access to a book called “Four Battlegrounds: Power in the Age of Artificial Intelligence” or “Four Battlegrounds: Power in the Age of Artificial Intelligence” in English and has commented on passages on Twitter. This book relates the experience of United States engineers and marines during the process of developing an AI.
This Artificial Intelligence had the sole task of detecting people who approached it in order to automatically communicate it to the military robot to which it is linked and, therefore, for it to take action in this regard. What happened borders on the comic and, after weeks of training, the marines were asked to try to approach the robot without being detected..
All the marines managed to get close to the robot. How did they get it? In ridiculous ways: disguised as a tree, cartwheeling slowly on the ground and one did it using a cardboard box. Surely this person is a fan of Metal Gear Solid and has decided to see if an AI is capable of facing the best espionage technique.