Artificial Intelligence and International Stability Project

Despite calls from prominent scientists to avoid militarizing AI, nation-states are already using AI and machine-learning tools for national security purposes. AI has the potential to impact international peace and security in myriad ways, from countering terrorism to nuclear stability. Developments in AI could provide security benefits, but current AI systems have substantial limitations and vulnerabilities. A headlong rush into AI security applications could pose risks to international stability or a “race to the bottom” on AI safety.

The two-year project, supported by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York, examines how artificial intelligence will influence international security and stability. The interdisciplinary project is building a community from academia, business, and government policy makers to understand how AI is likely to develop and shape the international security environment across multiple regions and issues. Through a series of workshops, commissioned papers, and reports, the project is fostering a community of practice and is laying a foundation for a field of study on AI and international security. The project will conclude with recommendations to policymakers for ways to capitalize on the potential stabilizing benefits of artificial intelligence, while mitigating the risks that could undermine security and stability.

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