US Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Prevent AI From Launching Nuclear Weapon

Artificial IntelligenceInternationalIndiaAfricaWASHINGTON (Sputnik) – A bipartisan group of US lawmakers introduced new bicameral legislation calling to prevent an autonomous artificial intelligence (AI) from launching a nuclear weapon, the office of Congressman Ted Lieu said in a release. “Today Congressmembers Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County), Donald S. Beyer Jr. (D-VA) and Ken Buck (R-CO) introduced the bipartisan Block Nuclear Launch by Autonomous Artificial Intelligence Act, legislation to safeguard the nuclear command and control process from any future change in policy that allows AI to make nuclear launch decisions,” the release states.”The Block Nuclear Launch by Autonomous AI Act would codify the [US Defense] Department’s existing policy by ensuring that no federal funds can be used for any launch of any nuclear weapon by an automated system without meaningful human control.”Senator Edward Markey is introducing companion legislation in the Senate, according to the release.

The Pentagon's 2022 Nuclear Posture Review presently states that a "human" must at all times be included in the decision-making process when the commander-in-chief is weighing the use of a nuclear weapon.

The bill is expected to make sure that artificial intelligence will never be allowed to substitute human judgment when it comes to making a decision about launching a nuclear weapon, Lieu said. MilitaryUS Homeland Security Dept Establishes AI Task Force21 April, 17:33 GMTEarlier in April, US Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas said that his department is setting up a task force that will utilize artificial intelligence to defend the nation’s critical infrastructure and interests.

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