Air Force Lt General Shanahan, Director of the JAIC (Department of Defense) has issued a statement regarding the United States use of artificial intelligence in warfare. Shanahan said in a statement that "We will not field an algorithm until we are convinced it meets our level of performance and our standard, and if we don't believe it can be used in a safe and ethical manner, we won't field it." In other statements to reporters, Shanahan made comments that the use of AI by Russia and China raise serious concerns about human rights, ethics, and international relations. He also made comments that he does not want AI to be used by the military to track citizens as is practice in China. The Pentagon has pushed for more mandates regarding AI in recent years, but concerns that those guidelines won't be recognized internationally are there as well. Shanahan also made references to a speech made by Russian President Putin in 2017, saying "whoever becomes the leader in this sphere will become the ruler of the world."
My opinion: Contrary to popular belief, there are rules to warfare. For example, you cannot target any medical facility or transport. I think the move to a more regulated atmosphere is a good thing. AI already brings up a lot of ethics questions, but it is much more hotly disputed in terms of how it could be used in war. I believe that AI should be used in war to lower the amount of casualties, but it definitely needs to be regulated by an objective human entity and undergo regular ethics testing. SkyNet, Hal 9000, and Ultron are good examples of what could go wrong in the movies, but I think with the right infrastructure in place, there could be a better system than just blowing each other up. Any AI that is designed and is functional should be under heavy watch and have a kill switch. I think that this is a good move and Shanahan is probably the best guy to help pave the way. He's made comments before on this and is one of the advisors for this kind of subject to the CIA and White House. Obviously, we are not to the point yet that we have an AI capable of thinking on it's own completely, but it is good to think ahead.
To watch the original briefing and see the transcript, go to the official Department of Defense website here and click on the "What's New?" section. A transcript translated into multiple languages will be available soon on the site.
On 2/25/2020 at 11:29 AM, FakeCIA said:
Update: Translated transcripts from the press briefing are now available in various languages on the official Department of Defense site based on region. Military.com, the VOA, and the Freedom of the Press Association also have transcripts available. If your language is not shown as an option, third-party extensions like Google Translate are available for all of these sites and are fully supported. You may also request a transcript directly from the DoD via their contact page.
On 2/26/2020 at 5:59 AM, FakeCIA said:
The Age of AI S1-E1 from YouTube Originals hosted by Tony Stark, no wait... Sherlock Holmes, crap no, Robert Downey Jr.
Update: Pentagon confirms that Alka Patel, who has extensive experience into the research of AI, as the lead to their ethics board. They have not yet disclosed her official title or exact specifics into her role.
The United States Cyber Command is one of the entities heading this push for ethical AI operations. You can learn more about them on their official website here. They also will have the most up-to-date news on AI and the current situation at this time.
Military.com is a site hosted by the US Department of Veterans Affairs and is funded in part by the US government and is also supported by donations. They report news for everything military for the United States and allies.
The Chive shows the human side of the military and is one of the largest meme sites online now. You do need a membership to view content though. They are privately owned and veteran operated.
On 2/28/2020 at 11:05 AM, FakeCIA said:
Jon Stewart recently gave an interview on a podcast. I completely blanked on what the podcast was or who he was interviewing with as it is not on YouTube. For that I will apologize and will post the appropriate link when I can find it. He was making comments on how AI should be used in healthcare and how Congress should have stepped up more to help forward development in the healthcare sector a long time before the Pentagon addressed it in the military sector. This isn't a video from that podcast specifically, but does relate to the comments that he made and his general attitude for how the government handles situations like this. Viewer discretion is advised.
On 3/6/2020 at 9:35 AM, FakeCIA said:
Update: Cyber Strategy for Past Year Outlined to Congress
Update: The United States Department of Defense has begun the process of establishing SHIELD, the Strategic Home and Integrated Ecosystem for Layered Defense. This new type of agency will focus on cyberwarfare, ballistic missile defense, among other functions on the homeland defense.
My Opinion: First off, someone naming things over there is a major fan of Marvel. Second, I think having a separate entity in charge of cyberdefense and cyberwarfare is a good thing. There aren't many details yet on how it will connect to the Marvel Cinematic Universe JAIC and their interests.