Watch this clip of people who describe AI weapons as the third revolution in warfare. The first was gunpowder in which, primarily the British, used this weapon to develop effectively a global colony. Whilst the Chinese invented gunpowder they did not particularly use it to develop a global empire but the British did.

As part of that empire the British colonised the US, and then the US fought for independence kicking out the British When the second revolution in warfare – nuclear weapons – came, the US had effectively taken over the British colonial empire, and they were in conflict with the Soviet Union. This happened when I was young and we were all frightened of nuclear holocaust.

This clip now warns of a third revolution in warfare – AI weapons, do we need to be frightened again? As the NRA says “guns don’t kill humans kill”, are we in a position to think that humans will not use AI weapons? Are we in a position to think that the use of such weapons will not cause global destruction?

One of the protagonists in a competitive AI race has a historical descendency connecting them – British, the US, NATO. In the first weapons revolution the British were the clear aggressors, with nuclear weapons the US were the first to use a nuclear bomb against the people of Japan, and they were part of the conflict which reached a crescendo at the Bay of Pigs. Now we have the potential of AI destruction, what are we doing about it? Instead of trying to control it we are entering into an arms race dominated by the same hegemonic influences that misuse the first two weaponries.

The world needs to wake up and recognise that these same forces are in control. Forces that expanded through colonialism, forces that established a US hegemony after the Second World War in part by use of nuclear weapons, forces that continue to seek expansion are in control of the AI race.

We need to block this race. We need to establish a Humanity First Protocol where advances in AI, however they occur, do not threaten human beings. There is some sort of global treaty on chemical weapons, I have no idea how enforceable it is. We need an enforceable Humanity First Protocol to be applied to all computers especially AI. We need to build into all such software this Protocol so that we can know that AI-weapons cannot be used against humanity.

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