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Ukraine War Highlights Need For Military AI, According To Palantir CEO


Ukraine War Highlights Need For Military AI, According To Palantir CEO
According to the CEO of American software company Palantir, the effective use of artificial intelligence (AI) by Ukraine to target Russian forces has brought the technology to the attention of military and political leaders worldwide.
CEO Alex Karp stated at the first international summit on responsible military use of AI that since the start of the conflict in Ukraine, use of AI in war has gone from a "highly erudite ethics discussion" to a top concern.
"This has now shifted to: your ability to identify the right technology and implement it will determine what happens on the battlefield," he said.
"One of the major things we need to do in the West, is realise this lesson is completely understood by China and Russia."
Planatir has previously claimed to be "responsible for most of the targeting in Ukraine," citing the use of tanks and artillery as examples. It has marketed its software as a way to quickly decide which resources to deploy, incorporating feeds from social media and satellites to visualize the positions of an army.
The US and China are two of the 50 nations present at this week's REAIM summit in The Hague, but neither the Netherlands nor its co-host South Korea invited Russia.
When the conference concludes on Thursday, the majority of delegations are anticipated to support a statement of principles, but it is believed that international laws or a treaty limiting the use of AI in conflict are still a long way off.
Karp stated that he believes it is important for businesses like his to be able to justify and prove how their technology has been applied.
He cited an AI-assisted decision to attack enemy soldiers close to a school or hospital as an example.
"You need an architecture that allows transparency on the data sources, which data sources were used, what were the (input) feeds and what will allow you to then take it apart."
He asserted that "ought to be enacted into law. More importantly, purchasing regulations ought to require it."