(RepublicanDaily.org) – Artificial intelligence (AI) has become something of a buzzword in many circles. Its proponents speak of a day when humans will no longer have to bother with menial tasks because of advanced robotics. Its detractors worry about the effect this will have on human jobs, and ultimately on the continued survival of our species.
AI in the Pentagon
In the short run, the discussion focuses on the benefits AI could yield in areas where human capability is limited. When it comes to processing large amounts of data, supercomputers are many thousands of times more efficient than human operators.
As the Pentagon needs to assess and manipulate huge quantities of data for various operations, it has leaned more and more on AI in recent years. Officials can leverage the technology to assist in security management, distribution of funds, human resource management, military intelligence, and much more.
Ethical Use of Artificial Intelligence
A recurrent issue in this discussion is that of ethics. In the wrong hands, artificial intelligence tools might have the capacity to intrude massively on our privacy.
In China, for example, government officials use this kind of technology to keep facial recognition records on all its citizens. They then use this data to manage the behavior of ordinary people, including publicly shaming those who jaywalk or wear pajamas outdoors.
It’s therefore crucial for those in charge at the Pentagon (and other agencies) to impose proper safeguards to prevent these kinds of human rights abuses. For AI to work for us, rather than against us, we need policymakers who will ensure these systems collect, store, and use data in acceptable ways.
As technology continues to improve at breakneck speed, the other global powers will start to amass AI capabilities that rival America’s. While there are valid concerns about data privacy and other ethical matters, our first priority needs to be the protection of our national security.
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