An AI Race for Strategic Advantage: Rhetoric and Risks

AAAI / ACM conference on Artificial Intelligence, Ethics And Society 2018

5 Pages Posted: 25 Sep 2019

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Stephen Cave

University of Cambridge - Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence

Seán Ó hÉigeartaigh

University of Cambridge

Date Written: November 15, 2017

Abstract

The rhetoric of the race for strategic advantage is increasingly being used with regard to the development of artificial intelligence (AI), sometimes in a military context, but also more broadly. This rhetoric also reflects real shifts in strategy, as industry research groups compete for a limited pool of talented researchers, and nation states such as China announce ambitious goals for global leadership in AI. This paper assesses the potential risks of the AI race narrative and of an actual competitive race to develop AI, such as incentivising corner-cutting on safety and governance, or increasing the risk of conflict. It explores the role of the research community in responding to these risks. And it briefly explores alternative ways in which the rush to develop powerful AI could be framed so as instead to foster collaboration and responsible progress.

Keywords: artificial intelligence, risk, rhetoric, narratives, policy, international governance, international relations

Suggested Citation

Cave, Stephen and Ó hÉigeartaigh, Seán, An AI Race for Strategic Advantage: Rhetoric and Risks (November 15, 2017). AAAI / ACM conference on Artificial Intelligence, Ethics And Society 2018, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3446708

Stephen Cave

University of Cambridge - Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence ( email )

United Kingdom

Seán Ó hÉigeartaigh (Contact Author)

University of Cambridge ( email )

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