Bendett, Kania & Watley on Chinese, Russian Artificial Intelligence, Autonomy
The head of the Pentagon said that; the revisionist powers are using the latest technology with an eye to changing international rules and regulations in their favor
US Defense Secretary Mark Esper warned that Russia and China are making headway in artificial intelligence to expand their influence overseas and gain control over their societies.
The head of the Pentagon said this at a symposium organized by the Joint Center for Artificial Intelligence.
Esper noted that Russian President Vladimir Putin has stated that a country that will become a leader in the field of artificial intelligence will rule the world and that Russia has increased investment in technology development..
«His intention is to use every possible advantage to expand Russia’s influence and curtail the sovereignty of others.», – said Esper.
Esper said Russia used a complex and well-coordinated combination of drones, cyberattacks and shelling to inflict serious damage on Ukrainian forces when it invaded the country..
«After that, Moscow announced the development of autonomous systems based on artificial intelligence for ground vehicles, aircraft, nuclear submarines, as well as command and control systems., – he said. – We expect them to use these capabilities in future war zones.».
According to the minister, artificial intelligence can change the picture on the battlefield, and the country that will be the first to start using it will have huge advantages over competitors..
«Unlike modern gear or next-generation platforms, AI is forming a league of its own and has the potential to change almost every aspect of warfare. – from support structures to frontline, – he said. – This is why we cannot afford to cede the height to revisionist powers that want to circumvent, violate or alter international rules and norms to their advantage and to the detriment of others.».
According to Esper, the People’s Liberation Army of China sees artificial intelligence as a breakthrough technology that will enable the largest army on earth to create low-cost autonomous long-range weapons to counter US conventional weapons used to project military power..
«Currently, Chinese weapons makers are selling autonomous drones that they claim can deliver lethal, pinpoint strikes., – said the minister. – Meanwhile, the Chinese government is developing next-generation stealth drones that they are preparing to export overseas.».
Esper added that «Beijing is building a 21st century surveillance state designed to exercise unprecedented control over its own people».
«With millions of cameras strategically located across the country and billions of data generated by the Chinese Internet, the CCP will soon be able to identify virtually anyone entering public space and censor dissent in real time.», – said the head of the Pentagon