Media: Israel Uses Artificial Intelligence in Warfare

UN Secretary-General António Guterres said he was “deeply concerned” about the “dehumanization and automation” of warfare

Israel is utilizing artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities to identify raid targets. According to the Jewish state’s press, including the +972 Magazine news site, during the offensive in Palestine, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) “uses sophisticated artificial intelligence software called Lavender” to identify targets to hit, quickly collating thousands of pieces of intelligence, and selecting targets “in a completely cold and impersonal way.” It is emphasized that the revelations come directly from some “very well-informed Israeli military sources.”

This news is “nothing short of disturbing.” UN Secretary-General António Guterres said this before a Security Council meeting on the situation in the Middle East. “Artificial intelligence should be used for a good cause,” emphasized Guterres, according to whom “no decision about the life and death of entire families should be delegated to the cold calculations of an algorithm.”

Referring to the killing of the staff of the humanitarian organization World Central Kitchen and the sacking of some officials announced by Israel, Guterres said: “The problem is not the error, the problem is the system that allows these errors to repeat themselves time after time.”