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Carmelo Romano (not verified) September 16, 2017

In my opinion, humanity is under-estimating the power of Artificial Intelligence. Combined with Big Data, AI will outpace any human brain-power. AI will be able to evaluate so many different avenues that it would leave counter diplomat negotiators at a disadvantage. This will lead to a "have" and "have not" situation between the countries who possess the tools of AI and those who do not. The powerful countries will eventually absorb weaker ones. At the end, the countries who have the powerful AI technology may very well end up as servants to the AI they helped create. To avoid the above, there has to be a global agreement on what AI can and cannot be allowed to do.

Jovan Kurbalija September 18, 2017

Lino, your blog opens one interesting question. If countries agree to conclude an AI agreement - what would be the content of such agreement? In other words, I wonder if it is possible at all to regulate future AI developments. Once a technology is 'out of the bottle', it is difficult to get it back. We can see what is happening with nuclear weapons. It is very difficult to 'undo' or stop technological developments even if there is an interest to do it.

Katharina Hone September 25, 2017

I really liked this last passage in the blog "AI developers will face the considerable challenge of transforming the complexity of policy processes and diplomatic reality into the ‘straight line’ of AI algorithms. The more they succeed in straightening this line between A and B, the more likely it is that at least some diplomatic functions could be entrusted to AI systems.". This transformation into algorithms is a key challenge. I think it is also important to highlight that there are different kinds of logic at play here - the human one and the AI one. However, while AI tries to model reasoning, we should also be aware of the reverse possibility. That what becomes possible to do or think is based on what AI can do. In other words, the technology might shape how we do things in the future.

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