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A picture’s power to prevent

The most important legacy of Hiroshima and Nagasaki is in images that could avert worse wars to come.
A U-2 spy plane.

Regulating military AI will be difficult. Here’s a way forward

If the international community doesn’t properly manage the development, proliferation, and use of military AI, international peace and stability could be at stake

Which drone future will Americans choose?

The decisions US leaders make now over unmanned aerial vehicles will have enormous consequences.

Defending against “The Entertainment”

Amid the published angst about AI and its hypothetical threats, more attention ought to be given to the threat that AI-enabled entertainment poses to our brains and our civilization.

2024 Doomsday Clock announcement

PRESS RELEASE: Doomsday Clock remains at 90 seconds to midnight

In 2024, the Doomsday Clock remains at 90 seconds to midnight, the closest the Clock has ever been to midnight. This reflects the continued state of unprecedented danger the world faces. The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, stewards of the Doomsday Clock, emphasized in their announcement that the Clock can be turned back, but governments and people need to take urgent action. 

The struggle to ban killer robots

The campaign against lethal autonomous weapons is making progress, but to succeed it will have to answer some questions, including: What distinguishes killer software from non-killer software?

Editor’s Note

AI Command of the military forces on the tablet computer

War is messy. AI can’t handle it.

As AI becomes part of military decision-making, it’s important to be wary of the pristine ideas of how technology can transform conflict.
Terminator cyborg skeleton

How science-fiction tropes shape military AI

Pop culture influences how people think about artificial intelligence, and that spills over to how military planners think about war—obscuring the more mundane ways AI is likely to be used.

To kill killer robots, a brief boycott

If your university partners with a defense contractor to research autonomous weapons, do not expect AI researchers to sit still for it.
Yoshua Bengio, founder and scientific director of Mila at the Quebec AI Institute, during a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law hearing in July. The hearing was titled "Oversight of A.I.: Principles for Regulation." Photo credit: Valerie Plesch/Bloomberg via Getty Images

‘AI Godfather’ Yoshua Bengio: We need a humanity defense organization

In this interview, AI godfather Yoshua Bengio discusses attention-grabbing headlines about AI, taboos among AI researchers, and why top AI researchers may disagree about the risks AI may pose to humanity.
Security camera at the Swiss National Museum

Existential espionage: How intelligence gathering can protect humanity

Intelligence communities play an important role in analyzing, preventing, and leading efforts to minimize existential risks.

Artificial intelligence: a detailed explainer, with a human point of view

Is artificial intelligence, AI, a threat to our way of life, or a blessing? AI seeks to replicate and maybe replace what human intelligence does best: make complex decisions. Currently, human decision-making processes may include some means of AI as support or backup. But AI could also be “let out of the box” to act … Continued
How emerging technology is shaping the future of intelligence.

Why superintelligence is a threat that should be taken seriously

A prominent skeptic says that artificial intelligence is nothing to worry about. Here’s why he’s wrong.
The risks of automation and semi-autonomous systems, even when human operators are notionally in the loop.

The critical human element in the machine age of warfare

As multiple militaries have begun to use AI to enhance their capabilities on the battlefield, several deadly mistakes have shown the risks of automation and semi-autonomous systems, even when human operators are notionally in the loop.

A reality check and a way forward for the global governance of artificial intelligence

No one global governance model for AI is perfect—or desirable. Instead, policy makers must pursue several models, each starting in a targeted and focused manner before evolving.

Trump orders some sort of vague action in the AI arms race

Through an executive order, President Donald Trump launched the American AI Initiative, further underscoring the importance of a group of technologies that are reshaping everything from medical diagnoses to war-fighting. The administration didn’t give many specifics in the order published Monday evening or details about funding for its various elements such as efforts to increase … Continued
Rocket models are stuck in a bucket during a February protest action in Berlin against the imminent withdrawal of the INF disarmament agreement between Russia and the USA. Photo: Paul Zinken/dpa (Photo by Paul Zinken/picture alliance via Getty Images)

An ambitious arms control agenda requires a new organization equal to the task

An exceedingly challenging agenda of urgent, important, and diverse arms control issues awaits the incoming Biden administration. To address it, the administration should consider the creation of a new agency to focus on cooperative threat reduction.