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Catholic University Journal of Law and Technology

Catholic University Journal of Law and Technology

Abstract

This article explores the possible implications and consequences arising from the use of an artificial intelligence construct as a weapon of mass destruction. The digital age has ushered in many technological advances, as well as certain dangers. Chief among these pitfalls is the lack of reliable security found in critical information technology systems. These security gaps can give cybercriminals unauthorized access to highly sensitive computer networks that control the very infrastructure of the United States. Cyberattacks are rising in both frequency and severity and the response by the U.S. has been ineffective. A cyber-weapon of mass destruction (CWMD) implementing an artificial intelligence construct would operate on different fundamental principles than a kinetic WMD, but it would be no less effective in eliminating threats to the security of domestic information networks. This article will first examine the current state of artificial intelligence as it exists in both the private sector and in military and intelligence applications. Second, this article will discuss the distinctions between kinetic war and cyberwar and the deployment of WMDs; the capabilities and applications of a possible CWMD will be discussed at this point as well. Third, issues concerning international law will be addressed as applicable to artificial intelligence, automated warfare, and WMDs generally. Finally, this article will examine some dangers associated with the use of an artificial intelligence construct capable of learning as well as the necessity of such a program.

 

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