group of american congressmen introduced a bill to prevent AI systems from making their own decisions about the use of nuclear weapons.
Nuclear weapons are horrifically damaging and devastating. In an increasingly digital age, we can’t allow robots to hold the power to command them. We must adopt the Autonomous Artificial Intelligence Act and ensure that AI will never make decisions to use deadly force.
— Ed Markey (@SenMarkey) April 26, 2023
“In the digital age, we can’t let robots take control of it.” [ядерным оружием]. We must pass the Autonomous AI Act to ensure that AI never decides to use lethal force,” wrote Senator Edward Markey, one of the sponsors of the bill.
The US Department of Defense has already forbids artificial intelligence autonomous launch of nuclear weapons. The proposed bill is intended to legitimize Pentagon provisions that read:
“In all cases, the United States will keep the individual ‘in the know’ of all actions critical to informing and carrying out the President’s decisions to begin and stop the use of nuclear weapons.”
The bill also states that no autonomous system without meaningful human control can launch a nuclear weapon or “select targets” with the intention of hitting them.
“Any decision to launch a nuclear weapon should not be made by artificial intelligence,” the text says.
The intention to duplicate the rules of the Pentagon in the law, congressmen justified the report of the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence in 2021. In it, the authors recommended a ban on autonomous launches of nuclear weapons, not only for domestic regulation. Experts believe that this will stimulate similar commitments from China and Russia.
The document will also draw attention to other efforts by supporters of the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, the authors are sure. As an example, they gave initiativelimiting the right of the President of the United States to unilaterally declare nuclear war.
Recall that in October 2022, the Netherlands deployed the first autonomous “killer robots” of NATO.
In December 2021, UN Secretary General António Guterres called for action to regulate the use of autonomous weapons.
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