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As computing power increases, artificial intelligence has become more prominent in all aspects of daily life, in civilian federal agencies and at the Pentagon. But AI’s rapid growth has given rise to concerns about the potential problems it could create.

  • Darrell West, vice president of governance studies at the Brookings Institution and author of “Turning Point: Policymaking in the Era of Artificial Intelligence,” said he does not think autonomous weapons should be banned but said they must allow for a human to make the decision to fire or not in order to remain ethical.
  • West said the Defense Department is working to develop weapons that integrate AI and allow for human decision making without slowing the systems down to the point of loss of competitive advantage.
  • Russia does not have nearly as advanced technical capabilities as China, which is progressing quickly in hypersonics, drones and robotics, but the two countries are working together, said West.
  • He said AI presents immediate threats to privacy, security and safety, which are more pressing than concerns about humans losing control to the technology.
  • West said future warfare will have a major cyber component, presenting the need for digital, along with physical, training for military leaders.

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