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Killer AI? Dutch summit to focus on military use

Chatbots have captured the world’s imagination, but should we worry more about “Slaughterbots”?

The first international conference on the responsible military use of artificial intelligence (AI) will be held next week in the Netherlands.

About 50 countries, including the United States and China, are expected to participate and produce a declaration at the end of the conference on February 15th and 16th in The Hague.

Russia has not been invited to invade Ukraine.

“We truly see this as a key moment shaping the future of AI in the military,” Dutch Foreign Minister Wobke Hekstra told a small group of journalists on Thursday.

“In any realm where life and death really matter, we want to make sure that humans are part of the decision-making process, regardless of all the flaws baked into their DNA.”

Militaryly, AI is already being used for reconnaissance, surveillance, and situational analysis.

One of the conference sessions on the future of war is called “Regulating Slaughterbots,” but the possibility of a fully independent killing machine remains far off.

But AI, with the potential to choose targets autonomously, could be just over the horizon.

This includes so-called drone swarms and the use of AI in nuclear command and control systems.

Hoekstra said the conference aims to take the first step towards international rules on “what is and isn’t allowed” in the military use of AI.

“We already know that AI is being used in the war Russia is waging against Ukraine.”

He compared this debate to the debate around the use of AI bots such as ChatGPT. ChatGPT has beneficial uses, but it is also used by students to cheat and write essays.

“It doesn’t just scare us,” the minister said.

Dutch officials said China was invited to the conference as a major player in technology and AI.

Ministers and senior diplomats will attend the so-called REAIM (Responsible AI in the Military Domain) Summit, along with tech companies and experts.

https://www.expatica.com/nl/general/killer-ai-dutch-summit-to-focus-on-military-use-522918/ Killer AI? Dutch summit to focus on military use

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