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The potential effects of artificial intelligence (AI) on international relations cannot be understated as the global race for AI has considerably picked up the pace in recent years. Exponential growth of processing power and data collection is at the centre of an innovation process that will disrupt every aspect of our lives.[1] Just as other international actors, the EU increasingly acknowledges the urgency of this matter by promoting a common AI strategy and incentivising member states to strengthen their efforts as well.

At the initiative of the Finnish EU Council Presidency as well as Vice President of the Commission Federica Mogherini, the Global Tech Panel recently came together with EU defence ministers to discuss the potential opportunities and challenges of this ground-breaking technology. With a focus on the potential harm of lethal autonomous weapons systems and the consequences for human rights and dignity, the EU, as the champion of liberal values, indicates its desire to develop ethical standards for AI in order to guarantee its safe appliance.

 

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[1] Schwab, Klaus (2016): The Fourth Industrial Revolution. Geneva: World Economic Forum.

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