For many it conjures up images of machines replacing human beings in the workplace, but artificial intelligence (AI) could have an even darker side. What if AI were to be misused on the battlefield? What if the armies of tomorrow were to create robot armies that could decide through the narrow lens of AI who lives and dies in the theatre of war? What if the fighter jets of the future no longer needed pilots and used AI-driven autonomous weapons systems instead?
Governments need to ensure they engage openly about the purpose of any programmes that involve AI for national security purposes
Of course, the picture this paints has more chance of being played out in a Hollywood science-fiction film than in near-time reality, but nevertheless it does raise important questions concerning how we should respond to AI in the future.