Biden and Xi To Sign AI Arms Control

Joe Biden and Xi Jinping
US President Joe Biden (R) and China's President Xi Jinping (L) meet on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Nusa Dua on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on November 14, 2022. | Image by SAUL LOEB/Getty Images

President Biden is expected to announce an agreement with China on Wednesday to restrict the use of artificial intelligence in military applications, including nuclear weapons.

The agreement aims to prevent weapons systems from deploying on their own and causing unintended consequences, as reported by Digwatch.

Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping will meet in a bilateral meeting in the San Francisco Bay area on November 15, while both leaders are in town to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit.

The AI deal, first reported by the South China Morning Post, has its advocates and detractors.

Phil Siegel, founder of the Center for Advanced Preparedness and Threat Response Simulation (CAPTRS), considered the agreement necessary, as he told Fox News Digital, but said it was incomplete without the inclusion of Russia and other major military powers.

“I predict they will make a deal on AI-driven autonomous weapons on the battlefield should only be for reconnaissance and not fighting; otherwise, the world will become a very dangerous place,” Siegel told Fox News. “I think there is more to come, and it is necessary to keep us from devolving to continual war.”

However, other experts questioned whether the agreement conceded too much to China, whose AI tech trails the U.S., and said it could actually make conflicts more dangerous.

That was the opinion of Christopher Alexander, chief analytics officer of Pioneer Development Group, who told Fox News, “This is an incredibly poor decision. To begin with, China lags behind the U.S. in AI capabilities; so the Biden administration just ceded a strategic advantage. “Additionally, AI helps reduce stress to improve decision-making, which is crucial in preventing a poor decision to release nuclear weapons.”

The impending agreement, along with the trappings around the summit, have caused some politicos to accuse Biden and the Democrats who control California of pandering to the Chinese.

In preparation for the event, the streets and sidewalks of San Francisco that have festered continually with homeless and drug paraphernalia were cleaned up, as California Gov. Gavin Newsom admitted, “because all those fancy leaders are coming into town. That’s true, because it’s true.”

A clip of Xi’s motorcade making its way through the streets of San Francisco, lined with Chinese flags with no American flag in sight, was highlighted by critics as further proof that Biden is too beholden to Xi and the Chinese Communist Party.

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