Our Future Lies in Making AI Robust and Verifiable - War on the Rocks

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This article was submitted in response to the call for ideas issued by the co-chairs of the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence, Eric Schmidt and Robert Work. It addresses the first question (part b.), which asks what might happen if the United States fails to develop robust AI capabilities that address national security issues. It also responds to question five (part d.), which asks what measures should the government take to ensure AI systems for national security are trusted. We are hurtling towards a future in which AI is omnipresent -- Siris will turn our iPhones into personal assistants and Alexas will automate our homes and provide companionship to our elderly. Digital ad engines will feed our deepest retail dreams, and drones will deliver them to us in record time.