Biden Gives China Exactly What They Want

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( – President Biden, who had a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping last Wednesday, wanted to make a deal with China that would restrict the use of artificial intelligence in nuclear weapons. The two leaders met at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in San Francisco.

A Business Insider report noted that the two leaders agreed on multiple things during the summit. As stated, Biden and Xi are looking to restrict the usage of AI in systems that control and deploy nuclear weapons, while also limiting the usage of AI in autonomous weapon systems, including drones.

The two adversaries have often found themselves in tense situations that are particularly focused on China’s spying activities in the United States and the increase of its military force in the South China Sea. However, the deal has been agreed to at a time when many have warned about the effects of using unrestricted AI in combat. Ethical concerns have also emerged over the usage of AI in combat.

The Center for Advanced Preparedness and Threat Response Simulation (CAPTRS) founder Phil Siegel in an interview with Fox News Digital argued that this agreement was “necessary” and added that other nations, including Russia, should also be part of the agreement.

Siegel predicted that the deal would limit the use of AI-driven autonomous weapons on the battlefield not for fighting but only for reconnaissance. As he pointed out he believes that there would be “more to come” which is necessary to stop the continuous conflicts across the world.

Still, Pioneer Development Group chief analytics officer Christopher questioned whether this was a good choice, and argued that the United States, which has more advanced AI, was giving up one of the strategic advantages that it previously held over China.

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