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June 27, 2023

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WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM JUNE 28 - JULY 4, 2023 UCW 9 DOD committed to ethical use of artificial intelligence by JOSEPH CLARK, DOD News e Defense Department is priori- tizing ethical considerations and col- laboration in its approach to develop- ing and fielding military applications of artificial intelligence, a top Penta- gon technology official said June 15. Michael C. Horowitz, the director of the emerging capabilities policy office in the office of the undersecretary of defense for policy, underscored the U.S. commitment to leading the in- ternational conversation surrounding artificial intelligence during a panel discussion in Washington on setting rules and expectations for emerging technologies in national security. Underpinning this commitment, Horowitz said, is a comprehensive set of policy decisions within DOD that governs the development and field- ing of autonomous weapon systems, ethical artificial intelligence strategy, and the development of responsible artificial intelligence strategy and pathways. He said U.S. leadership, in codifying these principles, is now driving re- sponsible artificial intelligence policy formulation among international partners. "If you look at NATO's ethical AI principles, for example, they're very similar to the Defense Department's ethical AI principles and that's not an accident," Horowitz said. "It reflects in many ways the sort of common values and perspective on how we're think- ing about ... when we would want to use AI and how." He said U.S. also led on the inter- national stage by issuing its Political Declaration of Responsible Military use of Artificial Intelligence and Au- tonomy in February. "at's a set of strong norms that lay out principles of what responsible use looks like that we're now working to bring other countries on board to endorse since we think that bringing the international community together on this issue, that there is a lot of pos- sibility for cooperation and we want to encourage the rest of the world to take these issues as seriously as the department has," Horowitz said. "And in looking at our allies and partners, we're really encouraged by that." at commitment to the responsible development of artificial intelligence, and its transparency concerning the development of policy sur- rounding emerging technolo- gies, is also how the U.S. has distinguished itself from its global competitors, he said. He said all DOD policy sur- rounding artificial intelligence and emerging technology is publicly available. "at's in contrast to some of the competitors of the United States who are a lot less trans- parent in what their policies are concerning the development and use of artificial intelligence and autonomous systems, in- cluding autonomous weapons systems," Horowitz said. "And we think that there's a real distinction there." At the same time, the U.S. has remained committed to being at the leading edge of emerging technolo- gies, including artificial intelligence, Horowitz said. He said the rapid advance of the technology has opened up a wide array of use cases for artificial intel- ligence beyond defense. e U.S. con- tinues to be "an engine of innovation when it comes to AI." "e Defense Department does lots and lots of different experimen- tation with emerging technologies," Horowitz said. "And we both want to do them in a safe and responsible way, but also want to do them in a way that can push forward the cutting edge and ensure the department has access to the emerging technologies that it needs to stay ahead." A soldier wears virtual reality glasses; a graphic depiction of a chess board sits in the foreground. (Illustration by NIWC Pacific, courtesy DOD News) NEWS Consistently rated one of the strongest and safest credit unions in the nation. Be a part of Bragg Mutual! JOIN TODAY! Equal Credit Opportunity Lender. JOSEPH CLARK, DOD News COMMENTS? Editor@upandcomin- gweekly.com 910-484-6200

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