The Pentagon has announced that AI will help him US Army to become even stronger. On Thursday, an advisory group comprising executives from Google, Microsoft and Facebook proposed guidelines to deter the military. Al get out of track.
The advice comes from the Defense and Innovation Committee created by Barack Obama. Last year, the department asked the team to develop ethical principles for AI projects. On Thursday, the team published a series of proposed principles in a report praising the power of military AI, while also warning of unintentional damage or conflict.
The Pentagon has stated that it is a national priority to rapidly expand the use of AI everywhere, from the battlefield to the back office. An updated National Defense Strategy released last year says AI needs to stay ahead of rivals based on new technologies to compete with US forces, such as China and Russia.
Her report Commission Defense and Innovation sets out five ethical principles:
The first is that people must remain responsible for the development, use, and results of the department's AI systems.
Other principles on the list describe practices that one might hope is already standard for any Pentagon technology project.
Other authorities say the department should take steps to avoid bias in AI systems that could inadvertently harm people, and that the Pentagon should be able to detect unintentional damage and disconnect automatically if it occurs or allows inactivation by a human.
The recommendations underline how AI is now considered important in the future of the war and other Pentagon operations - but also that technology is still based on human judgment and containment. The recent enthusiasm for AI is largely due to the progress of machine learning.
Although the Pentagon has asked the Defense Committee and Innovation develop AI principles, not commit to adopting them.
Relations have been called into question by workers' protests over the Pentagon's work at companies such as Google and Microsoft. Google has decided not to renew the Maven contract and release its own AI principles after thousands of workers complained about its existence.
Pentagon AI ethical principles may help executives sell potentially controversial projects internally. However, Microsoft and Google have made it clear that they intend to remain committed to the US military, both of whom are on the Defense and Innovation Committee.