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Four Battlegrounds: Power in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

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Four Battlegrounds takes readers inside the fierce competition to develop and implement this game-changing technology and dominate the future. Scharre also examines how AI might change the nature of future conflicts, which may feature swarms of drones and supersmart targeting. A weakness of AI systems is that they do not respond well to changes of conditions, but this is gradually being overcome with new-generation machine learning.

Like mechanization or electricity before it, artificial intelligence will touch every aspect of our lives—and cause profound disruptions in the balance of global power, especially among the AI superpowers: China, the United States, and Europe.I was surprised at the avoidance of science fiction examples, especially when the book considers problems of AI taking over human decision making. He outlined a scary Orwellian piece about how you can't even send WeChat payments that use the dates of the Tiananmen Massacre in them. S. Defense Department offices in Silicon Valley, revealing deep tensions between the military and tech giants who control data, chips, and talent.

And witnessing the almost urgent efforts within some MENA states, like the UAE and Saudi Arabia, to digitally transform within shifting geopolitical dynamics is to recognize that such states are not “ passive participants” in the age of AI, but attentive, forward-looking actors embracing technological initiatives for the sake of national development, a point consistent with Four Battlegrounds’ core thesis. This is an excellent book, and if not for a lot of business travel, I would have finished this library book in two weeks or less. The institutions work was especially interesting, as our bureaucracy can get in the way of progress. Scharre provides a very comprehensive discussion of the political and social implications of Artificial intelligence (AI) from both a domestic and international perspective. Beneath it all, data, compute, talent, and institutions shape the trajectory of AI and its impact on relative national power, and constituent states in these regions are exploring new avenues for exploiting them.Anyone that is responsible for war crimes in Iraq and the current nightmare in Ukraine should not be within your intellectual sphere.

Scharre suggests that the military will want to recreate AIs from scratch, due to the impracticality of analyzing the security risks of OpenAI's training data. My sense is that Scharre personally believes that the proof of the utility of ever-larger models is already here, “yielding more impressive fundamental breakthroughs than other methods. It simultaneously assesses states’ willingness to adopt the technology in reference to these four components. A future in which AI continues to suffer from these limitations would be strange and appears to contradict the thesis of the book: that states have agency in how they deal with AI.A solid, well-organized account of the military applications of AI and of the race to take the lead global position. The recent Gulf Information Technology Exhibition ( GITEX) hosted in Marrakech, furthermore, highlighted an enthusiasm about AI for the African continent’s development and the improvement of human labor. The author comes off as somewhat antagonistic towards that country, mostly for that reason, but closes the book with the idea that war isn't inevitable. Governments would be wise to channel and use these tools to enhance national security as an adjunct to their other tools and resources. Writing isn’t brain surgery, but it’s rare when someone adept at the latter is also so accomplished at the former.

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