Developed Countries are Too Optimistic about AI in Developing Countries (OPINION)

By Jakarta Post at 1:25 PM 5/30/2020 (PDT)

Tensions between developed and developing countries are rampant in any UN discussion. There are disparities on social and economic levels that simply cannot be ignored. There is an enormous gap between advancing technologies. For nations that are struggling to even maintain housing or feed their citizens, artificial technologies are often pushed to the side. When countries that are already ahead in technological development do not address this, it only exacerbates these issues. During the Commission on Science and Technology for Development’s second session, the committee must take into account every nation if it wants to reach a resolution because each country has such distinctly different problems. While some face war, others face poverty, and still others face governmental corruption.

Countries like the USA and China are clearly extremely ahead in military AI, and Russia is looking to catch up. While the delegates in the CSTD are all trying to reach a common goal, it is clear that there are some differences that are extremely difficult to put aside. In this committee in general, USA has mentioned using the private sector to support developing countries. On the other hand, Russia has pointed out that giving so much control to the private sector could lead to a host of potential dangers. The USA has also stated that the discussion is about military AI specifically, and that the committee should be careful in discussing AI in other fields because it deviates from the topic. However, it is very difficult for some countries to solely discuss AI because it is so deeply interwoven with other topics for them.
There are certainly uses for developing military AI. However, other nations that do not have the resources to do so cannot be ignored. The reckless attitude displayed by some countries and delegates neglects to address the other factors that can impact delegates other than themselves. If this one-track type of thinking continues, it will drown out important voices in the discussion and potentially inhibit the ability to reach a resolution.

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