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Navigating the Impact of AI: Military, Autonomous Weapons, and Social Media

Ralf Haller
Sep 9, 2023
Navigating the Impact of AI: Military, Autonomous Weapons, and Social Media
September 9, 2023

So what is our 2-cents on this?

In the ever-evolving landscape of technology, one thing remains certain: the military is always at the forefront, closely monitoring the applicability of emerging innovations. It's a well-established practice, and it's not new. What does catch our attention, however, is the extent to which Artificial Intelligence (AI) is now venturing into uncharted territories, particularly in the realm of autonomous weapons systems that require no human involvement. This development raises concerns that demand careful consideration and control.
Autonomous weapons, devoid of human oversight, may sound like a page from a sci-fi thriller, but it's an emerging reality that warrants our attention. The ethical and practical implications of such technology must be rigorously examined and regulated to prevent unintended consequences.
Another critical issue that has been on the radar for some time but is gaining even more prominence is the use of AI-powered bots in social media platforms. These bots have become potent tools for the spread of disinformation, propaganda, and fake news. To combat this, tech firms must not only invest in cutting-edge solutions but also take responsibility for their platforms. Ensuring the integrity of information disseminated through social media is an imperative task in our interconnected world.
Now, the question arises: How is Europe faring in this rapidly changing technological landscape? It's a familiar narrative – Europe often lags behind in terms of adopting new technologies and making substantial investments. In the realm of AI, it's no different. While Europe has taken a significant step with the EU AI Act, there's a recognition that much work remains to be done. This act is a commendable initiative, serving as a foundational step in the right direction.
As we navigate these complex waters of AI, military applications, autonomous weapons, and the battle against disinformation, it's clear that a collective and responsible approach is needed. Governments, tech firms, and society at large must collaborate to harness the benefits of AI while safeguarding against its potential pitfalls.


Battle of the Bots: The AI ‘Cold War’ and the race for technological supremacy

The battle for military and geopolitical dominance has a new war front: AI supremacy. Some countries are investing billions of dollars to build their advantage and secure vital resources like Nvidia chips, while others are looking to handicap their rivals through trade restrictions.
These are some of the latest developments on how the AI ‘Cold War’ between the US and China is shaping up:
  • According to WSJ, the US Department of Defence plans to develop AI-powered drone systems that are “small, smart, [and] cheap” to counter threats from China and other countries.
  • Two new studies claim that Generative AI-powered content could add significantly to the nature and scale of disinformation campaigns aimed at undermining rival nations.
  • Reuters reports that the US and China are in a race to develop end deploy AI-powered weapons like submarines, warships, and planes that can operate without humans.
  • The US Air Force reportedly wants $6 billion to develop a fleet of AI controlled drones.
WSJ, Pentagon Plans Vast AI Fleet to Counter China Threat