The United States launched an international initiative for the responsible military use of artificial intelligence
Encourages international collaboration to impose control over a new technology that has the potential to alter how war is fought.
The United States on Thursday launched an initiative promoting international cooperation on the military’s responsible use of artificial intelligence and autonomous weapons, seeking to impose order on an emerging technology that has the potential to change the way warfare is waged war.
We must establish strict guidelines for responsible conduct when it comes to the military’s use of artificial intelligence since the field is evolving quickly. These guidelines must also take into consideration the fact that the military’s use of AI will certainly evolve in the future. Years to Come,” said Bonnie Jenkins, the undersecretary of state for international security and weapons control.
The official also said that the US policy statement, which contains non-legally binding guidelines outlining best practices for the responsible military use of AI, “can be a focal point for international cooperation.”
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Jenkins released the statement at the end of a two-day conference in The Hague that took on added urgency as advances in drone technology amid Russia’s war in Ukraine have accelerated a trend that could soon bring the first robots fully autonomous fighters from the world to the battlefield.
The 12 points in the US statement establish “maintaining human control and involvement in all operations necessary to inform and execute sovereign choices connected to the use of nuclear weapons” in addition to the fact that the military’s employment of AI complies with international law.
The US’s determination to present its position in the world arena, according to Zachary Kallenborn, a weapons innovation expert at George Mason University who attended the Hague meeting, “recognizes that there are these worries about autonomous weapons.” It in and of itself is noteworthy.
Kallenborn said it was also crucial that Washington add a request for humane management of nuclear weapons “because when it comes to hazards of autonomous weapons, I think that’s the highest risk you could have.”
During the Hague conference, 60 nations—among them the US and China—issued a call to action, stressing the importance of broad international collaboration in the development and appropriate military use of artificial intelligence.
Dutch Foreign Minister Wopke Hoekstra stated, “We are in time to limit the dangers and prevent AI from getting out of hand, and we are in time to avoid AI from bringing us to a place we just don’t want to be.”
“It is important to ensure proper safeguards and human oversight of the use of AI systems, taking into account human limits owing to time and capacity constraints,” the call to action from the Netherlands stated.
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Countries were also invited to “create national frameworks, policies, and principles on responsible AI in the military” by participating states.
Drones will likely be used to detect, pick, and launch attacks on targets without the aid of humans as the almost year-long battle in Ukraine continues, according to military experts and artificial intelligence specialists.
Mykhailo Fedorov, the minister of Ukraine’s digital transformation, recently told the AP news agency that fully autonomous killer drones are “the natural and inevitable next stage” in the evolution of weaponry. He said that “a lot of research and development” had been conducted in this area by Ukraine.
Ukraine already possesses AI-powered anti-drone weaponry and semi-autonomous assault drones. Although the accusations are unsubstantiated, Russia asserts that it has AI weapons. Yet, there are no documented examples of a country using fully autonomous killing robots.
The Hague conference did not extend an invitation to Russia.
Tan Jian, the Chinese ambassador to the Netherlands, attended and announced that Beijing had sent the UN two documents on how to regulate military applications of artificial intelligence, claiming that the issue “concerns common security and well-being” of humanity and necessitates a coordinated response from all nations.