AI increases risk of nuclear war because of risk of hacking of military communications in time of crisis

So argues a report by the RAND Corporation, based on expert workshops that it convened. “Mutually Assured Destruction” policy requires rapid response, and militaries may be tempted to use AI.

Nuclear security expert Stephen Schwartz, talking to Singularity Hub: “Keep in mind that the nuclear system depends on military communications…and those are vulnerable. To the extent that those could be attacked and manipulated, particularly during a crisis, we may have a problem.”

Are we collectively mad enough to let this happen, knowing of our close encounters with mass annihilation in the Cold War, for example the episodes involving Vasili Arkhipov (1962) and Stanislav Petrov (1983)?

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