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07/01/2019

The Dual-Use Dilemma Of Artificial Intelligence

The rapid progress and development in artificial intelligence (AI) is prompting desperate speculation about its dual use applications and securityrisks. From autonomous weapons systems (AWS) to facial recognition technology to decision-making algorithms, each emerging application of artificial intelligence brings with it both good and bad. It is this dual nature of artificial intelligence technology that is bringing enormous security risks to not only individuals and entities across nations: its government, industries, organizations and academia (NGIOA) but also the future of humanity. The reality is that any new AI innovation might be used for both beneficial and harmful purposes: any single algorithm that may provide important economic applications might also lead to the production of unprecedented weapons of mass destruction on a scale that is difficult to fathom. As a result, the concerns about artificial intelligence-based automation are growing. According to Forbes, with the advances in machine learning, computing power, borderless investment and data availability, AI has potentially universal applications, a fact that exponentially complicates the security risks involved. Moreover, since integration of AI is invisible to the human eye, the ability to cognitize anything and everything fundamentally changes the security landscape. AI’s automation and intelligence bring promise as well as the potential for destruction.

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