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Date: Tue, 27 Feb 2018 13:44:31 +0100

G. C. Allen and T. Chan, Artificial intelligence and national security http://thebulletin.org/artificial-intelligence-and-national-security11521
[Suggested by F. Lenci, whom I thank for the notice.]

I've browsed the Executive Summary and Recommendations of this report:
G. C. Allen and T. Chan, Artificial intelligence and national security. I haven't read the full report yet, but it seems to me that, once again, the issue of AI (and ICT) dependability as a general but fundamental feature of the specific technology at hand is not addressed, while the advances in machine learning and AI seem to be taken for granted as representing a turning point in the use of automation in warfare. In addition, as far as I could see, there are no references to the ethical dimension of the introduction of (lethal) autonomous weapons or AI tech in the battlefield.
Shouldn't computer scientists [and systems engineers], and in particular those expert in computer ethics, dependability, trustworthiness, correctness, etc. be more effective and active in this discussion? [DL]

Dott. Diego Latella, CNR-ISTI, Via Moruzzi 1, 56124 Pisa, Italy

[The quest for a war-free world has a basic purpose: survival. But if in
the process we learn how to achieve it by love rather than by fear, by
kindness rather than compulsion; if in the process we learn how to combine
the essential with the enjoyable, the expedient with the benevolent, the
practical with the beautiful, this will be an extra incentive to embark on
this great task. Above all, remember your humanity. Sir Joseph Rotblat]

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