Aug 31, 2018
In breaking news, Andy and Dave discuss the Convention on Conventional Weapons meeting on lethal autonomous weapons systems (LAWs) at the United Nations, where more than 70 countries are participating in the sixth meeting since 2014. Highlights include the priorities for discussion, as well as the UK delegation's role and position. The Pentagon’s AI programs get a boost in the defense budget. DARPA announces the Automating Scientific Knowledge Extraction (ASKE) project, with the lofty goal of building an AI tool that can automatically generate, test, and refine its own scientific hypotheses. Google employees react to and protest the company’s secret, censored search engine (Dragonfly) for China. The Electronic Frontier Foundation releases a white paper on Mitigating the Risks of Military AI, which includes applications outside of the “kill chain.” And Brookings releases the results of a survey that asks people whether AI technologies should be developed for warfare.