There's a news story (that will not go away) about a simulated "killer" drone that turns on its operator. You can read about it here. The short answer is that the drone was inadvertently programmed to optimize for an unexpected or unwanted result. Continue Reading →

Be Very, Very Scared

Those who read me regularly know that I do my best to offer pragmatic, well-reasoned opinions about the potential implications of emerging technology. It is in that spirit that I want you to read the following introductory paragraph from the U.S Department of State's Feb. 16, 2023 release entitled, "Political Declaration on Responsible Military Use of Artificial Intelligence and Autonomy." Continue Reading →