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Stop the Emerging AI Cold War


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Denise Garcia

"The NSCAI should heed the research community. Some 4,500 AI and robotics researchers have declared that AI should not make the decision to take a human life."

A race to militarize artificial intelligence (AI) is gearing up, contends Denise Garcia, a professor at Northeastern University in Boston, MA, and vice-chair of the International Committee for Robot Arms Control. Two years ago, the U.S. Congress created the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI). This March, it recommended that the U.S. must accelerate AI technologies to preserve national security and remain competitive with China and Russia.

Garcia believes this will undermine the United States' ability to lead emerging global norms on AI. In April, she cites, the European Commission published the first international legal framework for making AI secure and ethical; in January, the European Parliament issued guidelines stating that military AI should not replace human decisions and oversight. By contrast, the NSCAI recommendations advocate "the integration of AI-enabled technologies into every facet of war-fighting."

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