ACTION ALERT: Don’t Let AI Control Nuclear Weapons!

April 13th, 2023 - by RootsAction Team

Tell Congress:
Ban Artificial Intelligence Use in Weapons
RootsAction Team

(April 12, 2023) — Movies in which a computer starts a nuclear war aren’t new. So you might think people wouldn’t be actually developing computers with the ability to do just that. If so, you’d be wrong.

We’re destroying the Earth’s climate after decades of warnings. We’re empowering officials with fascistic tendencies after decades of warnings. Clearly, having been warned doesn’t solve a problem all by itself.

Nuclear apocalypse is no game. We are at severe enough risk from human “intelligence” — the gravest risk ever in history, according to the scientists who maintain the Doomsday Clock.

Adding artificial “intelligence” to the mix is reckless in the extreme.

Obsession with developing technology gave us nuclear weapons in the first place.

We did not learn enough to abolish them, or even to take them off hair-trigger alert.

Obsession with advancing technology has now created a nightmare we’ve foreseen: computers that could make the decision to launch nuclear weapons all on their own.

We will either learn something right now or risk never learning anything ever again.

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Ban AI Use in Weapons Systems,
Now and Forever!

Recent developments in artificial intelligence (AI) technology have been nothing short of phenomenal. AI has the potential to transform our world and solve some of the biggest challenges we face — but there is a dark side to AI that we cannot ignore.

Take Microsoft’s recently released upgrade to their Bing search engine using the most advanced AI system: “Sydney” talked about secret “dark” fantasies that included spreading disinformation, engineering a deadly virus, and… stealing nuclear access codes.

It sounds like a bad science fiction movie, but the terrifying reality is much more simple: AI could make a mistake that could mean the end of the world.

The integration of AI technology into weapons systems, like nuclear weapons, poses an unacceptable risk for one basic reason: AI will never be fool-proof. It can make mistakes and make decisions that are both morally and ethically questionable — and without any human oversight or intervention, those mistakes could mean global disaster.

We cannot ignore the dangers associated with putting any weapons under the control of artificial intelligence, but we can work to prevent the consequences, now before the technology advances into dangerous, uncharted territory. The United States must show leadership in this effort, and Congress can do its part by banning AI use in weapons technology NOW. 

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Ban the Use of AI in Weapons Systems
Now and Forever!