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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

AI Principles: Recommendations on the Ethical Use of Artificial Intelligence by the Department of Defense

Image result for AI Principles: Recommendations on the Ethical Use of Artificial Intelligence by the Department of DefenseDepartment of Defense
Defense Innovation Board
Published November 2019

Here is an excerpt:

What DoD is Doing to Establish an Ethical AI Culture

DoD’s “enduring mission is to provide combat-credible military forces needed to deter war and protect the security of our nation.” As such, DoD seeks to responsibly integrate and leverage AI across all domains and mission areas, as well as business administration, cybersecurity, decision support, personnel, maintenance and supply, logistics, healthcare, and humanitarian programs. Notably, many AI use cases are non-lethal in nature. From making battery fuel cells more efficient to predicting kidney disease in our veterans to managing fraud in supply chain management, AI has myriad applications throughout the Department.

DoD is mission-oriented, and to complete its mission, it requires access to cutting edge technologies to support its warfighters at home and abroad. These technologies, however, are only one component to fulfilling its mission. To ensure the safety of its personnel, to comply with the Law of War, and to maintain an exquisite professional force, DoD maintains and abides by myriad processes, procedures, rules, and laws to guide its work.  These are buttressed by DoD’s strong commitment to the following values: leadership, professionalism, and technical knowledge through the dedication to duty, integrity, ethics, honor, courage, and loyalty. As DoD utilizes AI in its mission, these values ground, inform,
and sustain the AI Ethics Principles.

As DoD continues to comply with existing policies, processes, and procedures, as well as to
create new opportunities for responsible research and innovation in AI, there are several
cases where DoD is beginning to or already engaging in activities that comport with the
calls from the DoD AI Strategy and the AI Ethics Principles enumerated here.

The document is here.