Dr. Srini Sitaraman has a new article published in the Spring 2020 issue of the Journal of European, Middle Eastern, and African Affairs published by the Air University Press, Maxwell, AFB, AL.

Sitaraman reviews the work by Nicholas Wright and his co-authors on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and how AI is re-shaping the global order. Sitaraman focuses his analysis on the concerns with regards to the notion of ‘singularity’, which represents the fear that an “exponentially accelerating technological progress will create an AI that exceeds human intelligence” and that it will escape human control. Presently humans believe that they can control, contain, and manage AI systems, but it is predicted that AI will self-learn from data without any human input or management and it will become super-intelligent, and may potentially generate the power to “deliberately or inadvertently destroy humanity.” The recommendation is to develop robust global regulations and institute carefully calibrated controls to manage AI. Additionally, the review focuses on how the “Chinese and Russian models of digital authoritarianism are shaping domestic political regimes with tools of surveillance, monitoring, big data-fueled AI led governance, facial recognition, and behavioral pattern recognition.”

Read the full article online at: https://www.airuniversity.af.edu/JEMEAA/Article/2106968/volume-02-issue-01-spring-2020/. (pp: 146-151)

Srini Sitaraman is a Professor, Daniel K Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies. The views expressed in this article are his own.