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Projects involving the use of artificial intelligence technology require mandatory expertise of specialized law enforcement agencies. This was stated by Advisor to the Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation Andrei Ilnitsky today at a conference that is being held within the framework of the Army-2021 International Military-Technical Forum.
“A strict and unconditional state examination of projects involving the use of AI technologies is required. Such expertise at the interdepartmental level (RF Security Council) should be entrusted to the competent law enforcement agencies of the RF, ”Ilnitsky said.
At the same time, he noted that insufficient competencies, the objective unpreparedness of “decision makers” to implement systems with AI elements is “a serious management threat”. “Who will make the decisions – a person endowed with responsibility or an irresponsible machine – that is the question,” Ilnitsky emphasized.
According to him, no matter how strong the AI is, “the final decision must remain with the person.” “But this is in theory,” Ilnitsky continued. – And in practice, there is a danger that, when making decisions, the recommendations of technical specialists responsible for the development and functioning of AI in specific state power, civil, and also business structures will not be properly verified by those who make decisions – due to the lack of they have relevant knowledge, education and competencies “
As a result, Ilnitsky said, “we can become hostages of people, groups, structures (operating both within the country and from abroad), which de jure do not have the authority to manage, but de facto they do”. “In the extreme, this can actually lead to an imitation of the state, when the state (and even a powerful, mysterious deep-state) is reborn into a fake-state, where society is virtually eliminated from the decision-making procedure, and people are replaced by their digital footprint / projection”, – Ilnitsky emphasized.
According to him, “this is a challenge to sovereignty and power – as a system of governing the country.” “In such a situation, even unintentional, but incompetent use of AI in the decision-making system can become fatal,” said the adviser to the Minister of Defense.
Speaking about the obvious risks of using AI in the informational socio-humanitarian sphere, he noted that “the technological and social resources of influence on people are enormous – especially in the field of defense and security.”
“Artificial intelligence is already capable of creating“ fake news ”, shaping artificial reality online, hacking social media accounts and distributing special information there in order to influence the consciousness of citizens, forcing politicians to make decisions“ necessary ”for customers of info-attacks, producing real risks. conflicts between countries “, – noted Ilnitsky.
A new type of war – mental – is becoming today the most important instrument of interstate confrontation, Advisor to the Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation Andrei Ilnitsky said on Sunday at a conference.
“Currently, the instruments of warfare and peacetime rivalry are confusingly similar. The spectrum of threats and methods of interstate confrontation is changing so much that one can state the emergence of a new type of war – mental war. And this war is already underway, ”Ilnitsky said.
According to him, this war began far from today and not even yesterday, but took shape as the most important instrument and type of global confrontation in our days. “
“The goal of a new type of war is to destroy self-consciousness, change the mental, civilizational basis of the enemy’s society. Mental wars are waged without a declaration, the consequences of which appear, though not immediately, but irreversibly. They are characterized by strategic and operational goals, certain stages and technologies of implementation. Moreover, these are very subtle technologies designed to influence both certain persons and the masses of people, ”noted Ilnitsky.
Speaking about the informational component of the mental war, he emphasized that this is a reboot (reformatting) of the information field, the field of knowledge, facts and information. “The struggle for history is one of the main fronts of this war,” Ilnitsky believes.
The psycho-emotional component of mental war, according to him, is no less a threat, since it is based on the manipulation of consciousness, moods and emotions, when the necessary moods, assessments, opinions are indirectly introduced to an individual, groups of people and society as a whole, which are accepted by people unconsciously, without understanding the essence.
“Thus, in a mental war, the information space is totally filled with content“ alien ”to our culture and traditions, disorienting people, shifting development priorities and the civilizational foundations of society. With the use of AI technologies, public consciousness is being manipulated both at the level of meaning and at the level of emotions, the influence is exerted on both the mind and the subconscious, “Ilnitsky said.
According to him, “Russian culture, traditions, beliefs and worldview of people are the main prize of the mental war against us.”
“The problem of modern Russia is not only in economic dependence on the outside world, but also in mental infection with alien meanings. For our de-ideologized, disunited post-covid society, where the elite has largely lost their will and trust, the mental war waged against Russia using, among other things, AI technologies, is the most dangerous type of cold war, “he noted. Advisor to the Minister of Defense of Russia.
“Fundamental education can become the basis for the formation of the Russian ideology and strategy for the development of artificial intelligence (AI),” said Advisor to the Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation Andrei Ilnitsky.
“The nature of global transformations is such that it is simply pointless to act reflexively, trying to respond to a crisis. The main task is to form its own Russian ideology and strategy for the development of AI. In a strategic setting, the sought-for solution is based on the world’s best fundamental education, available to all Russians, ”Ilnitsky said at the conference on Sunday.
According to him, “improving the quality and status of higher and secondary education, mobilizing it for the task of a technological breakthrough, educating creative, nationally oriented youth is the key to the future.”
“Russian Defense Minister General of the Army Sergei Shoigu pointed out that knowledge and competence are the basis of a technological breakthrough. Unfortunately, over the past 20-25 years, fundamental natural-scientific disciplines have simply been systematically emasculated from the education system. As a result, only about 20% of high school graduates take the Unified State Exam in Physics. Even less in chemistry. That is, young people can finish school, but never master the basics of these fundamental sciences. The school prepares the ignorant. But it is these sciences, along with mathematics, that teach the child to think. The quality of engineering and technical education has sharply decreased, ”noted Ilnitskiy.
He believes that if today one does not begin to intensively engage in the training and education of nationally oriented and competent personnel in the use of AI, then one can fail “with all my designs”.
“Against the background of the lack of society, and especially of young people, of mental immunity to all sorts of alien values and goals brought from outside, inertial, passive work in the socio-humanitarian sphere creates vulnerabilities for national security and a threat to the existence of Russian civilization. Obviously, it cannot continue this way, “Ilnitsky stated.
In his opinion, “the time is ripe for the introduction of such concepts, indicators / indicators as information and psycho-emotional stability of society into the official circulation, into the system of public administration and the legal field”. “Tracking such indicators, monitoring the social environment on this subject, effective communication with feedback and subsequent political decisions, will determine the ability of state and public structures to remain operational in the context of cyber-strike operations and aggressive mental impact against Russia,” Ilnitsky said.
He believes that “ensuring a given state of information and psychological stability of society should be considered as one of the most important goals of Russia not only for military security, but also in the sphere of socio-economic development of the Russian Federation.”
“The situation is pretty serious. Without a systematic policy in the field of cyber-information and psycho-emotional security, we can gradually cede control over our life to foreign technologies and centers of influence, their fifth column within the country. We will lose control, the initiative in this area, we will lose the mental war – we will lose the sovereignty and losses of the country, ”Ilnitsky said.
The conference, which was organized by the military department in conjunction with the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, is attended by the country’s leading experts in the field of AI. Among them, in particular, Tatyana Matveeva, head of the Russian president’s department for the development of information and communication technologies and communication infrastructure, Natalya Kasperskaya, general director of the Info Watch group of companies, representatives of Yandex, and other specialized experts.
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