The off-base strategy to cut AI firms from army

Aug 16, 2018, 7:04 AM EDT
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Paul Scharre’s new book, titled “Army of None: Autonomous Weapons and the Future of War,” suggests that the strategy of distancing the artificial intelligence community from the military can be a misfire.

The author, an army ranger in Iraq and Afghanistan and currently a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security, opines that AI researchers should engage with militaries educating them of the consequences of AI arms race, instead of just boycotting weaponization of this technology, writes MIT Technology Review.

Unless AI researchers engage with the governments and militaries shaping their policies, an inevitable weaponization of AI can only be delayed and not averted. Turning the back on the militaries wouldn’t necessarily discourage them from building autonomous weapons, notes Futurism.