The Pentagon accepted ethical principles for artificial intelligence

WASHINGTON, (BM) – The Pentagon said it formally accepted the ethical principles of using artificial intelligence in armaments, learned, citing US sources.

The recommendations were conveyed to Minister of Defense Mark Esper in the fall of 2019 after a 15-month period of developing the ethics of military vehicles. The possibility that artificial intelligence itself will be able to formulate and carry out combat missions in the near future is causing fierce debate and criticism of the military both in the United States and abroad.

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“The United States, together with our allies and partners, should accelerate the implementation of artificial intelligence, should lead in its application for national security purposes, in order to maintain our strategic positions, win the battlefields of the future and defend the rule-based international order,” said in this regard Secretary of Defense Mark Esper. According to him, technology should not affect the “responsible and lawful” behavior of the military.

Now the Pentagon will be guided by five basic principles. Artificial intelligence must be “responsible,” “proportionate,” “understandable,” “reliable,” and “manageable.”

The principle of responsibility implies “proper levels of common sense and caution” in the development of military vehicles.

Pentagon proportionality refers to the “necessary steps to minimize the unintentional bias” of military vehicles.

Understandable artificial intelligence means that the military will own the technologies and operational skills they need, and ensure transparency of procedures and documentation.

Reliable artificial intelligence should become if it is given “well-defined functions” and constantly tested during development and operation.

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The US military called the controllability principle the principle when live operators will still have the opportunity to turn off military vehicles that “demonstrate unplanned behavior.”

The principles of the use of artificial intelligence are developed by the Pentagon’s expert center, which, in addition to the military and officials, draws on the opinions of technical experts.


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