Thing is… if they ban it, it’s banned only for us. They will sell banning it with fear. It’s not intelligent, it will never be sentient, it’s not self motivated or aware. That’s marketing. It’s more like a magic wand than something intelligent. It’s extremely dangerous and at the same time extremely potent as a tool for good.
Perhaps not in the commercial realm, at least not yet. But the military applications of AI are practically limitless and I'm not referring to what may emerge in 10, 20 or more years hence, but now...
These applications, currently existing, include lethal autonomous weapons and AWS currently exploiting AI technology, under development and/or already deployed; autonomous stationary sentry guns and remote weapon stations programmed to fire at humans and vehicles, killer robots (in some military circles actually called “slaughter bots”), and drones and drone swarms with autonomous targeting acquisition ability are all also either deployed or in serious testing mode.
Beyond social media, AI technology can provide false reviews or opinions on a vast array of people, politicians, governments, products and services causing angst and sowing confusion on a mass scale, resulting in widespread social distrust and anger amongst general populations. More significantly, per the FBI cyber-criminals are known to have already experimented with ChatGPT in their attempts to gain access to unauthorized computers and to destroy computer systems and promote and employ highly sophisticated phishing and hacking scams.
Even today's AI systems have the ability to predict enemy tactical (battlefield) behavior, anticipate vulnerabilities, consider weather and environmental conditions and other related variables, assess mission strategies, and suggest alleviation or mitigation plans.
Artificial intelligence is currently playing a significant role in military warfare planning and R&D. Because of that, a multitude of AI applications are being developed by the US and other countries for various military uses. The United States Defence Department released its first AI strategy paper back in 2019. As a result, this has led to the development of AI systems and technologies specifically intended and designed expressly for use in defence, research, and above all branches of the military.
Compared to conventional information processing systems for example, AI-powered military systems can better manage the enormous volume of (battle) data efficiently. Because AI is so good at making decisions, it dramatically enhances the self-regulation, self-control, and self-actuation of a broad range of battlefield combat weapons and their supporting sub-systems.
Obviously any battlefield is an extremely hazardous environment. According to the U.S. army, AI can and will mitigate many of those threats. Aided threat recognition from what the Americans call "Mobile Corporative and Autonomous Sensors" is the name of the procedure currently used by the American Army. With this technology, soldiers today can identify threats more quickly and receive guidance on how to deal with them more efficiently and rapidly. US military aircraft and ground vehicles now have intelligent sensors which currently is one of the most important examples of how is artificial intelligence used in the military.
The possibilities are endless and this is just the beginning since you know the US is hardly the only player in this arena. All the major global powers are hard at work on AI; add in powerful national and international criminal organizations and the potential for destructive and extremely harmful AI applications is pretty obvious.