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US Urges China, Russia: Keep Nukes Human-Controlled, Not AI

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A top American official is asking China and Russia to promise that only humans, not artificial intelligence (AI), will be in charge of deciding when to use nuclear weapons. Paul Dean, who works for the U.S. State Department on arms control, emphasized during an online meeting that the United States, along with France and Britain, has already made it clear that humans must always have full control over nuclear weapons.

Dean said, “We hope China and Russia will also make a similar promise.” He believes this commitment to human control is crucial for responsible behavior, especially among the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council.

These comments from Dean come as the Biden administration is engaging in talks with China about nuclear weapons policy and the use of artificial intelligence. Although the Chinese defense ministry hasn’t responded yet, discussions between U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi revealed plans for bilateral talks on artificial intelligence in the near future. Blinken mentioned the importance of managing risks associated with AI technology.

While U.S. and Chinese officials have resumed discussions on nuclear weapons, formal negotiations on arms control aren’t expected to start soon. However, both sides are working towards better communication and understanding, particularly concerning the use of advanced technologies like AI.

Source: Thenews