A top Chinese university has recruited a select group of whizkids straight from high school to develop new AI weapons.
The Beijing Institute of Technology, which is piloting the scheme, is renowned for weaponry science and technology. It receives funding from the Chinese government, the Commission for Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense, and other official agencies.
Thirty one teenagers, all under 18 years old, were carefully selected for the “experimental program for intelligent weapons systems,” according to the South China Morning Post.
The students will be expected to knuckle down and choose an area of expertise, ranging from mechanical engineering, electronics and weapon design. The new program was launched by the university at an event held at the headquarters of Norinco, one of the world’s defense contractors.