US State Department Calls on China and Russia to Limit AI Nuclear Control to Humans

  • Editor
  • May 7, 2024

In a recent escalation of global diplomatic efforts to manage Artificial Intelligence’s impact on national security.

Paul Dean, a senior official at the State Department’s Bureau of Arms Control, Deterrence, and Stability, has publicly urged China and Russia to join the United States, the United Kingdom, and France in declaring that decisions to deploy nuclear weapons will only be made by humans, not AI.

During an online briefing, Dean emphasized the importance of this commitment to responsible behavior, highlighting it as crucial for maintaining global stability.

Dean said, “We would welcome a similar statement by China and the Russian Federation. We think it is an extremely important norm of responsible behavior, and we think it is something that would be very welcome in a P5 context,” he said, referring to the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council.”

This call comes amid concerns that integrating AI into military systems could lead to unintended escalations in nuclear conflicts. The US has been a pioneer in establishing guidelines that prevent AI from making critical decisions about nuclear weapon deployment, and with this latest diplomatic push, aims to set a global standard.

However, people seemed disappointed with this news. Some think that the US is intentionally doing it because they want to be the only one using AI in nuclear weapons.

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The timing of Dean’s statement is critical, as it aligns with ongoing discussions between the U.S. and China over AI and nuclear policy, which were notably part of the agenda during Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s recent visit to Beijing. These discussions are expected to continue, with the first bilateral talks on AI scheduled to take place within weeks.

Some think that China and Russia will not agree on this request as AI is just like their God.

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Meanwhile, Russia’s position remains uncertain, especially in light of recent threats to use nuclear weapons in conflict regions such as Ukraine. The international community has grown increasingly wary of Autonomous robots and weapon systems and their potential to disrupt traditional arms control frameworks.

China has not yet responded to the US request. However, the country has been expanding its nuclear arsenal and advocating for a no-first-use treaty among major nuclear powers—a stance that suggests a potential openness to dialogue about human control over nuclear decisions.

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