CSTD Struggles to Find Common Ground

By Jakarta Post at 1:26 PM 5/30/2020 (PDT)

As the CSTD moves into its second committee session on the topic of, the delegates continue to struggle with some of the same problems that seem to have appeared in the previous session as well. Military AI is not a black and white topic. While it is seen by some as an example of the massive differences in nations’ resources, for others it has the potential to counteract terrorism. There are some countries who cannot even think about implementing more AI or spending more on war. Outside of military use, artificial intelligence could be used in other fields like transportation and healthcare.

The delegate from the USA said during this session that it is “essential to keep the topic constrained to military and military applications and how it trickles down to citizens”. Russia also centers much of its attention around AI to the military, but it does acknowledge other ways AI could be useful. The delegate of Cuba agreed with the USA and said that management of AI should be decentralized and involve low risk projects.

The idea of the private sector supporting or controlling AI was also prominent in this committee session. The USA in particular has pushed this very heavily, but here Russia disagreed and pointed out the potential dangers that could arise.

Other countries have taken a more neutral stance. For example, Japan says that both approaches could work or at least be helpful.

There is clearly difficulty seeing eye to eye in this topic. It is difficult for a country to completely agree or disagree for another one. Since the topic is about war, it is very difficult for a delegate to say something or make a decision that won’t impact many other countries.

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