Japans proposal to set rules for AI weapons is too early for the US and Russia

 Japans proposal to set rules for AI weapons is too early for the US and Russia

Reference News Network reported on March 15 that Japans Asahi Shimbun published a report entitled Japans Proposal to Formulate International Rules for AI Weapons on March 14. Reported that the Japanese government has set a policy to formulate international rules for weapons proposals carrying artificial intelligence (AI) and capable of killing. Several government stakeholders confirmed the news. Concerned about AIs autonomous judgment and attack, the Japanese government advocates that human beings must participate in the operation (man-in-the-loop control) and prepare to lead the discussion of international rules.

The Japanese government will present its position in document form at the CCW meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, from 25 to 29 this month.

According to the report, weapons carrying AI and intercepting attack targets and carrying out attacks without human participation are called lethal autonomous weapon system (LAWS). Just as gunpowder and nuclear weapons change the shape of war, artificial intelligence may also fundamentally change the shape of war, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono said in a speech on foreign policy to Congress on January 28. Although LAWS is not yet practical, the United States, Russia, China and other countries have been developing. On the other hand, international human rights organizations have demanded a ban on development, fearing that LAWS can launch attacks without harming their soldiers, thereby lowering the threshold for launching war. Others have also feared that AI will judge independently to kill human beings. Others have pointed out the dangers of attacking targets by misoperation and LAWS falling into the hands of terrorists.

DATA PICTURE: Skynet Robot in the movie Terminator. (Pictures come from the Internet)

DATA PICTURE: Military Robot Prototype developed by Japanese University. (Pictures come from the Internet)

Reported that the Japanese governments position on this is Japan has no intention to develop lethal autonomous weapons without human participation. However, in order to ensure the safety of self-defense forces and reduce the burden of self-defense forces, the Japanese government is still ready to promote the development of AI and unmanned equipment. Around LAWS, CCW meetings are also discussing how to regulate. The Komeito Party of Japan, on March 11, proposed to the river field to reach a consensus on the concrete outcome document at the CCW conference. The Japanese government intends to make recommendations at this CCW meeting to promote discussions on how human beings participate in LAWS and how to apply international humanitarian law that provides for the protection of civilians.

Around the regulatory framework, some countries such as Latin America have called for a legally binding prohibition treaty. In this regard, the United States and Russia and other countries call it too early, and there are great differences between the two sides. Reported that the Japanese government is prepared in this opinion, aiming at the formulation of non-legally binding documents, first of all, the consensus of all countries.

Source: Responsible Editor of Reference Message Network: Wang Xu_NBJS8023