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Balancing the benefits and drawbacks of artificial intelligence is a challenge shaping its future uses.

Summary

Enthusiasm for artificial intelligence's (AI) potential is experiencing a resurgence, its third since its initial development in the 1950's. Its impact on the future of society is the subject of high level debate for both its positive and negative potential noting the outcome of its application is in human hands. The Future of Life Institute at Oxford University, along with Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking, have been critical of AI whereas Murray Shanahan from the Imperial College has a more moderate view. Weighing AI's innovative potential with the need for risk mitigation through control measures is something Air Force planners and capability managers will need to explore if we are to harness its formidable benefits without its potential negative effects. By monitoring differing perspectives now the future Air Force will be better informed on how to deliver effects that exploit the technology. Consider how AI could enhance air power's characteristics of reach, flexibility, precision, impermanence, and payload, whilst also reducing the risk to fragility and dependency.  Using the principles of war, consider the potential effects of employing AI in the planning and conduct of operations.

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References

AAP1000-D - The Air Power Manual (6th Ed.)