Artificial intelligence: a threat to strategic stability

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AI-augmented conventional capabilities might affect strategic stability between great military powers. The nuanced, multifaceted possible intersections of this emerging technology with a range of advanced conventional weapons can compromise nuclear capabilities, thus amplifying the potentially destabilizing effects of these weapons. This article argues that a new generation of artificial intelligence—enhanced conventional capabilities will exacerbate the risk of inadvertent escalation caused by the commingling nuclear and nonnuclear weapons. The increasing speed of warfare will also undermine strategic stability and increase the risk of nuclear confrontation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16
Number of pages39
JournalStrategic Studies Quarterly
Issue number1
Early online date25 Feb 2020
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2020


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