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Pentagon Unveils Plan to Make 'Responsible Military AI' More Than Just a Buzzword

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In general, these new guidelines, which add measurable goals for each of the DoD’s six foundational responsible AI tenets, are intended to “earn the trust” of service members and the general public.

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The Pentagon's marching forward with AI weapons of war… responsibly.

This week, the Department of Defense released a lengthy 47-page document outlining the military's plan to implement its responsible artificial intelligence principles, which basically seeks to integrate AI in the military without turning the world into a Terminator-esque hellscape. Though the DoD first outlined its ethical AI goals in 2020, this week's Responsible Pathway to AI Development and Acceleration document details systematic ways the department plans to realize those claims and elevate them beyond mere wishful thinking.

In the document, Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks defended the military's pursuit of AI technology, claiming U.S. adversaries have increased their AI investment in ways that "threaten global security, peace, and stability." The Pentagon wants to respond to that "threat" by ramping up investment at home.


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