U.S. Committee Examines Role of AI in Warfare

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by David Kelly, The New American:

Richard Moore, chief of the United Kingdom’s Secret Intelligence Service (SIS), claimed in a rare public speech on Wednesday that “artificial intelligence [AI] will change the world of espionage, but it won’t replace the need for human spies,” while admitting that British spies are already using AI to disrupt the supply of weapons to Russia.

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According to AP News, in his speech Moore painted AI as a “potential asset and major threat” and called China the “single most important strategic focus” for SIS, commonly known as MI6. He added, “We will increasingly be tasked with obtaining intelligence on how hostile states are using AI in damaging, reckless and unethical ways.”

Moore shared that “’the unique characteristics of human agents in the right places will become still more significant,’ highlighting spies’ ability to ‘influence decisions inside a government or terrorist group.’”

While speaking to an audience at the British ambassador’s residence in Prague, Moore urged Russians who oppose the invasion of Ukraine to spy for Britain. “I invite them to do what others have already done this past 18 months and join hands with us,” he said, assuring prospective defectors that “their secrets will always be safe with us” and that “our door is always open.”

While the MI6 chief spent more time talking about the Russia-Ukraine conflict, it was his comments on the West potentially “falling behind rivals in the AI race” that stood out. Moore declared that, “Together with our allies, [SIS] intends to win the race to master the ethical and safe use of AI.”

Being quite aware of AI and how it is being used by hostile states, the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Cyber, Information Technologies, and Innovation heard testimony from AI experts at Tuesday’s hearing, “Man and Machine: Artificial Intelligence on the Battlefield.”

The subcommittee’s goal was to discuss “the barriers that prevent the Department of Defense [DOD] from adopting and deploying artificial intelligence (AI) effectively and safely, the Department’s role in AI adoption, and the risks to the Department from adversarial AI.”

Alexandr Wang, founder and CEO of Scale AI, testified that during an investor trip to China, he witnessed first-hand the “progress that China was making toward developing computer vision technology and other forms of AI.” Wang was troubled at the time, “because this technology was also being used for domestic repression, such as persecuting the Uyghur population.”

Wang wrote in his statement:

It was evident that the Chin[ese] Communist Party (CCP) had already strategized how to harness AI for advancing its military and economic power. As China President Xi Jingping [sic] declared that same year, “[We must] ensure that our country marches in the front ranks where it comes to theoretical research in this important area of AI and occupies the high ground in critical and AI core technologies.”

Wang continued, “China deeply understands the potential for AI to disrupt warfare and is investing heavily to capitalize on the opportunity: It considers AI to be a ‘historic opportunity’ for ‘leapfrog development’ of national security technology.” Noting that China is outspending the United States nearly threefold on AI innovation, he warned that the U.S. “is at risk of being stuck in an innovator’s dilemma because it is comfortable and familiar with investing in traditional sources of military power.”

“While we are making sense of this technology and conceptualizing a framework for how to use it, Chinese leaders are actively working to use AI to tighten their grip domestically and expand their reach globally. It’s time to act. The U.S. must learn to embrace AI innovation before we are disrupted,” Wang said.

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