“I think we live at a time when the world is a very uncertain and anxious place,” he told the British broadcaster, while also predicting that the armies of the future would be partly ruled by robots.
“I think the real risk we have, with a lot of regional conflicts going on right now, is that you might see an escalation lead to miscalculations, and that’s something we have to beware of,” he said. he warned.
Without specifying which regional conflicts he was most concerned about, he told Sky that if left unchecked they could easily “lead to escalation.”
This means “maybe more people get involved, more weapons are involved and before you can contain them it leads the parties to a full blown war,” he warned.
“We have to remember that history may not repeat itself, but has a rhythm,” he said.
“If you look at the last century, before the two world wars, I think it was indisputable that there was an escalation which led to the miscalculation which ultimately led to a war on a scale that we hope we never see it again, ”he told Sky.
When asked if he said the threat of another world war was real, Carter said, “I’m saying it’s a risk and I think we need to be aware of those risks.
Carter gave his stern warning on Remembrance Sunday in the UK, saying remembering the huge sacrifices made is more important than ever.
“If you forget the horror of war, I think the big risk is that people think war is a reasonable thing to do,” he said.
Carter also predicted that within 10 years, armies could be filled with robot soldiers.
“I mean, I guess we could have an army of 120,000, of which 30,000 could be robots, who knows? He predicted.