‘The Most Important Ethical Issue Right Now Is Keeping China’s Hands Off of Our Data’: Arthur Herman

In this special episode, we sat down with Arthur Herman, senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and director of the Quantum Alliance Initiative, as well as Rick Fisher, senior fellow at the International Assessment and Strategy Center. They talk about China’s push to use artificial intelligence to develop unmanned weapons, how this could change warfare, and what the United States is doing to defend against it.

Herman said, “Data has become the new strategic commodity of the 21st century. And who controls access to and who is able to use data in larger and larger quantities really will become the dominant superpower in the 21st century. So the privacy issues are hugely important.”

“I think actually when it comes down to the ethical use of data and access to data, the most important—the most important—ethical issue right now is keeping a country like China’s hands off of our data … not so much what our government will do with it but what they’re doing with it and what they continue to do with it,” he added.

Fisher said, “Artificial intelligence combined with machine learning and unmanned systems—be they in space, the air, on the surface of the sea, under the sea, or on the ground—all have tremendous potential for expanding the scope of warfare, allowing commanders to put machines out in front of soldiers and lives, but also to vastly accelerate the pace of warfare. Artificial intelligence has already made its appearance on some battlefields.”

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