U.S. State Department Hosts First AI Military Use Meeting

This week, the U.S. State Department is kicking off an exciting event, bringing together countries that have agreed to work together on using artificial intelligence (AI) in a responsible way, especially when it comes to the military.

by Faruk Imamovic
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U.S. State Department Hosts First AI Military Use Meeting
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This week, the U.S. State Department is kicking off an exciting event, bringing together countries that have agreed to work together on using artificial intelligence (AI) in a responsible way, especially when it comes to the military.

This is the first time they're meeting up, and it's a big deal because AI in the military is something a lot of people are worried about.

A United Effort for Ethical AI Use

Mark Montgomery from the Center on Cyber and Technology Innovation had some good things to say about it to Fox News Digital.

He's all for how the State Department is keeping the conversation going about using AI ethically in the military. But, he's quick to note that this group is a bit of a mixed bag - not every country is on board, especially some that we're really worried about, like China and Russia.

Last year, 53 countries signed on to this promise to use AI in the military the right way, but some big names were missing. Still, 42 of those countries are coming to this week's meeting, ready to chat with over 100 experts from different backgrounds about all the ways AI has been popping up in military gear and strategies lately.

Spreading the Word and Getting Ready

The State Department has big plans for this meeting. They see it as just the start, hoping to make it an annual thing where everyone keeps up with the latest in AI. They also want these countries to keep talking between meetings, share new ideas, and maybe even try out some war games with new AI tech.

The big goal is to make sure everyone's on the same page about using AI wisely and safely. "We really want to create a way to keep states focused on responsible AI use and on building the skills they need," said one of the senior officials to Breaking Defense.

There's a lot of support for this initiative, showing that countries all over are ready to think carefully about how AI can change warfare and security. Bonnie Jenkins, a bigwig at the State Department, talked about how important it is to keep AI development safe and trustworthy.

AI could do a lot of good, like changing medicine, farming, and even tackling climate change. But without the right safeguards, it could also cause a lot of trouble, making conflicts worse and throwing global security for a loop.

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