US, China Reportedly Compete on AI Weapons

( — The United States and China are locked in another arms race, only this time, instead of nuclear weapons, the new arms race is over weapons controlled through artificial intelligence, Fox News Digital reported.

As with the nuclear arms race, the artificial intelligence arms race poses serious dangers.

A report from Reuters last month detailed the competition between China and the United States and its allies over the development of AI-based weapons systems.

According to the Reuters report, which was based on research from the Special Competitive Studies Project, China has been pursuing advancements in artificial intelligence weaponry that could create a global “shift in the balance of power” that could threaten the peace and stability of the Indo-Pacific region.

The report notes the possibility of AI weapons like autonomously operated warships, submarines, drones, fighter jets, and combat vehicles, effectively making them “killer robots.” While such weapons could serve as a force multiplier on the battlefield, their ability to independently act without human input could present serious dangers.

According to Pioneer Development Group’s chief analytics officer, Christopher Alexander, this new arms race to build autonomous weapons could be “the defining defense challenge” of the next century.

Ziven Havens, a policy director with the Bull Moose Project, told Fox that military technology based on artificial intelligence will “forever change warfare.” He said permitting China to lead in the development of AI weapons would make the United States and its allies “less safe.”

Phil Siegel, who founded the Center for Advanced Preparedness and Threat Assessment Simulation, said every country with a well-funded military will likely get involved in the AI arms race. If that is the case, Siegel told Fox, it is likely that international treaties could be established to regulate the technology.

He said unmanned weapons will probably be “negotiated under the international articles of war” in the same way chemical, nuclear, and some tactical weapons have.

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