Artificial Intelligence opens the door to a limitless world of opportunities, yet it has the potential to be equally as dangerous as it is beneficial. While the majority of industrialized nations are pursuing AI within the regulations of international law, others are taking radical measures to achieve supremacy.
The global pursuit of AI technology encourages large businesses to outcompete each other. This essentially causes a paradigm shift, one in which the less competitive nations are able to raise their global profile, enabling them to operate in inconceivable areas of investment, trade, and diplomacy. The current primary area of concern within the realm of international relations involves using AI on the battlefield. This largely untested weapon has the ability to undermine all non-proliferation treaties and approaches to conflict de-escalation.
Employing data warfare by using artificial intelligence, endangers the integrity of democratic discourse and wields the power to tarnish the reputations of governmental institutions. That is where the principal challenge lies concerning international democracy and social equality. Civil liberties and intensified social conflicts are a byproduct of unregulated AI-enhanced censorship and surveillance practices. Yet, the primary danger of artificial intelligence is not malice but rather a lack of understanding.
Governments, military officials, and international organizations fail to understand how this technology functions and potential ways to combat it. This, in turn, leads to policies resistant to change rather than adaptation to these new developments. It is imperative to understand that the solution lies in actively promoting an agenda to understand AI and to regulate surveillance capabilities.
In order to truly ensure a safe yet progressive world, transparency in AI development throughout all nations should be established within the domain of international diplomacy. Artificial Intelligence is the future of society, yet without adequate policy and international law to regulate it, there is little to stop it from transforming into the downfall.
International Youth Politics Forum, Est. 2019
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