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Tech leaders from Google, Microsoft, and Facebook suggest ethics guidelines for using AI in the military to avoid ‘unintended harm to humans’

Daily Mail [1]
November 4, 2019

The Defense Innovation Board have issued a series of recommendations to the Department of Defense on how artificial intelligence should be implemented in future military conflict.

The report says that using AI for military actions or decision-making comes with ‘the duty to take feasible precautions to reduce the risk of harm to the civilian population and other protected persons and objects.’

The Defense Innovation Board was first created in 2016 to establish a series of best practices on potential collaborations between the US military and Silicon Valley.

There are sixteen current board members from a broad number of disciplines, including former Google [2] CEO Eric Schmidt, Facebook executive Marne Levine, Microsoft’s Chief Digital Officer Kurt Delbene, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, Steve Jobs biographer Walter Isaacson, and LinkedIn co-founded Reid Hoffman.

‘Now is the time, at this early stage of the resurgence of interest in AI, to hold serious discussions about norms of AI development and use in a military context—long before there has been an incident.’ the report says [3].

The report outlines five ethical principles that should be at the heart of every major decision related to using AI in the military.

AI in the military should always be: Responsible, Equable, Traceable, Reliable, and Governable.

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