News item | 21-09-2022 | 15:48

    During the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York, Minister Hoekstra of Foreign Affairs announced that the Netherlands will organize an international summit on the responsible application of artificial intelligence in February 2023 (Artificial Intelligence) in the military domain. The meeting is intended to jointly arrive at an agenda, which will ultimately lead to international agreements on how this technology can be developed and applied in a responsible manner within this domain.

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    Wopke Hoekstra

    Minister Hoekstra with representatives from, among others, Chile, the United States, United Kingdom, France, South Korea, Germany, Turkey, Canada, Mexico, Australia and Indonesia during the launch of the REAIM 2023 summit in The Hague.

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) is essential for a technologically advanced and future-proof armed forces. At the same time, it poses dilemmas and risks if, for example, the use of AI leads to a lack of human control, potential escalation of violence or lack of clarity about responsibility.

    Minister Hoekstra: “The development of AI is going very fast, also in the military domain. The emergence of this new technology represents one of the greatest future challenges in the field of international security and arms control. If we don’t take responsibility now for the development, deployment and use of AI in the military domain, we will regret it later.”

    REAIM 2023

    The international summit (Responsible AI in the military domain Summit -REAIM 2023) will be held in collaboration with the Ministry of Defense on 15 and 16 February 2023 in the World Forum organized in The Hague. For the occasion, government representatives, academics, business, think tanks and civil society from around the world come together.

    Online talk show

    In order to give as many people as possible from those target groups the opportunity to participate, the meeting can partly be followed online. On Wednesday 21 September at 16.00 (CEST) will be the kick-off an online talk show delivered from the United Nations headquarters in New York. In addition to Minister Hoekstra, the United Nations Under-Secretary-General of Disarmament Affairs mrs. Izumi Nakamitsu participate in this.