US Rolls Out Guidelines For Military Use Of AI Technology

The U.S. government is seeking to help militaries take the right step toward the ever-evolving AI technology. During a conference on Wednesday and Thursday, it unveiled a new framework for the military use of artificial intelligence.

At the conference, which was held in the Netherlands with about 2,000 people in attendance, the office of the State Department laid down its declaration, which is basically a list of recommendations to guide militaries in their incorporation of AI tech. Dubbed the “Political Declaration on Responsible Military Use of Artificial Intelligence and Autonomy,” the guidelines include ensuring military AI tech has clear documentation as well as “explicit and well-defined” purpose.

The declaration further recommends that decisions regarding nuclear weapons should be kept under human control and subject to evaluation throughout their lifecycle. Also, putting safeguards on AI tech would help avoid any major disaster in case the technology demonstrates unintended and unforeseen failures.

While the guidelines are only a recommendation and are not legally binding, the U.S. recommends that measures be put in place in order to ensure a responsible use complete with humanitarian consideration.

Per a news release by a spokesperson for the State Department, the U.S. issued the declaration with the aim of building “international consensus around how militaries can responsibly incorporate AI and autonomy into their operations.”

The State Department ultimately hopes it can help guide states as they work on the development, deployment, and use of AI technology in defense without losing a grip on security, stability, and international law.

Upon unveiling the framework, the department now seeks support from not only NATO countries but all countries around the world.

“We would like to expand that to go out to a much broader set of countries and begin getting international buy-in, not just a NATO buy-in, but in Asia, buy-in from countries in Latin America,” an official said of the department’s goals.

“We’re looking for countries around the world to start discussing this … so they understand the implications of the development and military use of AI … Many of them will think ‘Oh this is just a great power competition issue,’ when really there are implications for the entire international community,” the official added.

While it is unclear how receptive nations will be to the guidelines, the State Department did get the word out as the conference reportedly had people from 100 countries, including several governmental representatives.