NATO has officially kicked off two new efforts meant to help the alliance invest in critical next-generation technologies and avoid capability gaps between its member nations. For months, officials have set the ground stage to launch a new Defense Innovator Accelerator -- nicknamed DIANA -- and establish an innovation fund to support private companies developing dual-use technologies. Both of those measures were formally agreed upon during NATO's meeting of defense ministers last month in Brussels, said Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg. Allies signed the agreement to establish the NATO Innovation Fund and launch DIANA on Oct. 22, the final day of the two-day conference, Stoltenberg said in a media briefing that day. He expects the fund to invest €1 billion (U.S. $1.16 billion) into companies and academic partners working on emerging and disruptive technologies.
The lectures will examine what Russell will argue is the most profound change in human history as the world becomes increasingly reliant on super-powerful AI. Examining the impact of AI on jobs, military conflict and human behaviour, Russell will argue that our current approach to AI is wrong and that if we continue down this path, we will have less and less control over AI at the same time as it has an increasing impact on our lives. How can we ensure machines do the right thing? The lectures will suggest a way forward based on a new model for AI, one based on machines that learn about and defer to human preferences. The series of lectures will be held in four locations across the UK; Newcastle, Edinburgh, Manchester and London and will be broadcast on Radio 4 and the World Service as well as available on BBC Sounds.
On 15 November 2021, the UK Department of Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy published the Guide for Notifiable Acquisitions under the National Security and Investment Act ("Guide"), which will come into effect on 4 January 2022. The Guide emphasizes that the National Security and Investment Act requires organizations to notify the government about acquisitions of entities involved in seventeen areas of the economy which are deemed as "sensitive,". More specifically, the Guide defines and expands on specific considerations for each of these areas of the economy and the situations that necessitate notifying the government ("Mandatory Notification"). While the Guide observes that the research and usage of advanced materials are quickly expanding in both defense and civilian sectors, its relevance to assist in the transformation of key industrial sectors and supporting key areas of high-value manufacturing are emphasized. In addition, while highlighting the substantial benefits that advanced materials provide to military capabilities, it is argued that the national security risk it poses is obvious. According to the Guide, the intersectional and dual-use character of advanced materials would also mean that developing technologies based on advanced materials would have defense and security applications and ramifications independent of the application or industry that enables them to emerge.
As every aspect of modern life becomes more and more digitized, not just the economies of nations, but their sovereign influence will rely more and more on their command of technology, and especially the emerging technology of artificial intelligence (AI). In the 21st-century information technology revolution, whoever reaches a breakthrough in developing AI will come to dominate the world. "Artificial intelligence is a resource of colossal power," Russian President Vladimir Putin said at AI Journey 2019 conference, a major Eastern European forum on AI held in Moscow on Nov. 9, 2019. "Those who will own it will take the lead and will acquire a huge competitive edge." Putin expressed his concern about Russia's role in the artificial intelligence race in the forum--its two competitors, the United States and China, are far ahead of other countries in the AI race. "We must, and I am confident that we can become one of the global leaders in AI. This is a matter of our future, of Russia's place in the world," Putin added. Though the United States is still the world leader in terms of AI, China is quickly moving to take its place. On Oct. 16, Nicolas Chaillan, the former chief software officer of the U.S. Air Force, told The Epoch Times that the United States is set to lose the AI race against communist China if Washington doesn't act fast.
According to a new Clifford Chance survey of 1,000 tech policy experts across the United States, U.K., Germany and France, policymakers are concerned about the impact of artificial intelligence, but perhaps not nearly enough. Though policymakers rightly worry about cybersecurity, it's perhaps too easy to focus on near-term, obvious threats while the longer-term, not-obvious-at-all threats of AI get ignored. Or, rather, not ignored, but there is no consensus on how to tackle emerging issues with AI. When YouGov polled tech policy experts on behalf of Clifford Chance and asked priority areas for regulation ("To what extent do you think the following issues should be priorities for new legislation or regulation?"), ethical use of AI and algorithmic bias ranked well down the pecking order from other issues: Maybe this isn't a big deal, except that AI (or, more accurately, machine learning) finds its way into higher-ranked priorities like data privacy and misinformation. Indeed, it's arguably the primary catalyst for problems in these areas, not to mention the "brains" behind sophisticated cybersecurity threats.
It's become increasingly comment nowadays for cybersecurity companies to market their products and solutions as AI-based. After all, if cybercriminals are getting smarter, then businesses will need smarter defenses to counter them. And which of us who are working down in the trenches of our IT profession can say they can keep up with the flood of new malware, vulnerabilities, and threats? The cyber landscape seems to be growing more dangerous each week, and there's no way you or I can learn all we need to know about these dangers and how to repel, mitigate or sidestep them. Enter artificial intelligence (AI) into the room.
On Friday, the radical transparency group DDoSecrets released hundreds of hours of police helicopter surveillance footage. It's unclear who originally obtained the data, or what that person's motivations were, but the trove shows how extensive law enforcement's eye-in-the-sky has become, and how high-fidelity its cameras are. Privacy advocates also say the incident underscores that authorities don't do nearly enough to protect sensitive data, and have retention policies that are far too lax. In other aerial news: For the first time, intelligence officials say, a consumer drone likely attempted to disrupt the US power grid. The July 2020 incident took place at a power substation in Pennsylvania; a DJI Mavic 2 quadcopter outfitted with nylon ropes and copper wire seemed determined to cause a short circuit, but crash-landed on a nearby roof before it reached its apparent target.
Even as numerous leaders in the tech world have repeatedly warned of the dangers that artificial intelligence- (AI) enabled weapons could present for the future of mankind, Russian Federation president Vladimir Putin has long been a firm supporter of AI weapons. In 2017, Putin proclaimed that the country that leads AI development could have a significant advantage over its rivals. Putin also admitted that the development of AI could present challenges for humanity. "Artificial intelligence is the future, not only for Russia, but for all humankind," Putin remarked. "It comes with colossal opportunities, but also threats that are difficult to predict. Whoever becomes the leader in this sphere will become the ruler of the world."
The UK's spy agencies have reportedly given a contract to Amazon Web Services (AWS) to host classified material in a deal aimed at boosting the use of data analytics and artificial intelligence for espionage. The Financial Times reported that the UK's signals agency GCHQ had supported the procurement of a high-security cloud system, which would be used by its sister services, MI5 and MI6. Other government departments, such as the Ministry of Defence, would also use the system during joint operations, it was claimed. The agreement was signed this year with AWS, Amazon.com's Any contract with Amazon is likely to ignite concerns over sovereignty because the UK's most secret data will be hosted by a single US tech company.