How will AI actually impact national security?
2020ai - because we need 20/20 vision regarding these technology platforms in order to inform policy decisions and budget allocations, and thus also need answers well before the year 2020. Our AI and National Security campaign is currently undertaking the following projects:
- National security: too much of the discussion remains buried at DoD, and there needs to be a much broader policy - and public - discussion about the role of AI, autonomy, etc, in weapons systems and lethal decision making. We will work with an array of partners on this track.
- Strategic Stability and Nuclear Deterrence: we remain concerned at the paucity of literature and technical understanding in this space and have a partner to move forward on a series of workshops to identify just how AI may impact strategic stability and nuclear deterrence plans and strategy.
The original intent of the overall AI & national security project was to build up to a large, perhaps cabinet-level, day-long set of meetings and discussions in Washington DC, to get leaders and their staff up to speed on the state of the art with AI-related technologies and their likely evolution over the near- to medium-term, while also working to take some of the hyperbole out of the discussion, and focus down on very specific policy challenges. This concept remains under evolution - and we have some novel ideas of how to best pursue these original concepts and objectives. We kicked things off in late February with an event hosted by Cooley LLC at their HQ in Palo Alto, with a panel discussion featuring Paul Saffo, John Markoff, and Randy Sabett. Building on that foundation, our second event was hosted by Andreessen Horowitz in May, focused more intently on establishing a baseline understanding of the state of the art in AI and its potential societal implications. Our next workshop is currently under development - and we are looking for partners and sponsors for these efforts.