UN to include private sector in AI weapons debate

The United Nations is planning to hold a meeting on weapons controlled by artificial intelligence in August.
Officials from governments, IT companies such as Google, and non-government organizations will be invited to the unofficial meeting.

The UN Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Izumi Nakamitsu, disclosed the plan to NHK in an interview on Tuesday.

Nakamitsu said that unlike before, new technologies are being developed by researchers in the private sector. She said this has made it difficult for governments to work out feasible ways to control technologies.

The meeting at the UN headquarters in New York is aimed at discussing responsibility for using AI for military purposes and how far AI can be applied.

Countries like the United States and Russia are pushing ahead with the development of autonomous AI weapons, but IT firms and non-governmental organizations are calling for restrictions.

Nakamitsu said she looks forward to frank discussions on responsible technological development and application in the 21st century.