Morocco joined the United States and 45 endorsing states to launch the implementation of the Political Declaration on Responsible Military Use of Artificial Intelligence and Autonomy, as of November 13.
The groundbreaking initiative contains 10 concrete measures to guide the responsible development and use of military applications of AI and autonomy, announced the US Department of State’s Office of the Spokesperson.
The Declaration and the actions it proposes are a crucial first step toward creating a global framework of accountability that will enable involved governments to take advantage of AI’s use while lowering its risks.
“The United States is committed to working together with other endorsing states to build on this important development,” stated the US Department of State’s release.
Calling on states to join the Declaration, Vice President Kamala Harris said in a speech in London on November 1 that “History will show that this was the moment when we had the opportunity to lay the groundwork for the future of AI. And the urgency of this moment must then compel us to create a collective vision of what this future must be.”
Besides Morocco, the following countries endorsed the political declaration: Albania, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kosovo, Latvia, Liberia, Libya, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malawi, Malta, Montenegro, the Netherlands, North Macedonia, Portugal, the Republic of Korea, Romania, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Türkiye, and the United Kingdom.
The 45 countries fully support this important demonstration of the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to the responsible development of AI in an era of its startling spread.
The Declaration establishes the groundwork for governments to carry out further discussions on the responsible military deployment of the entire spectrum of artificial intelligence applications, including the exchange of expert-level knowledge, capacity-building initiatives, and best practices.