No, Bin-Bin: using AI to target bombing victims does not exonerate you. Who ordered the strikes?

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The article states:

The Israeli military has been using artificial intelligence to help identify bombing targets in Gaza.

The AI-based tool was called “Lavender” and was known to have a 10% error rate.

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Israel Defence Forces (IDF) did not dispute the existence of the tool but denied AI was being used to identify suspected terrorists. But in a lengthy statement it emphasized that “information systems are merely tools for analysts in the target identification process,” and that Israel tries to “reduce harm to civilians to the extent feasible in the operational circumstances ruling at the time of the strike.”

The IDF said “analysts must conduct independent examinations, in which they verify that the identified targets meet the relevant definitions in accordance with international law and additional restrictions stipulated in the IDF directives.”

However, one official [said]  “that human personnel often served only as a “rubber stamp” for the machine’s decisions” and typically devoted only around 20 seconds to each target – ensuring they are male – before authorizing a bombing.

Of course the big question here is whether artificial intelligence was used to target the World Central Kitchen convoy on April 1, killing three British aid workers, along with four from other countries.

And it is irrelevant.

By their own words, IDF personnel have to approve every strike – meaning if AI had been involved in the World Central Kitchen strike, a human being would have looked at the information available, including the fact that aid workers were in a convoy on that road at that time, and approved the murder of those workers.

So it doesn’t matter whether AI was involved. A human representative of the Israeli government and military would have triggered the attack.

Benjamin Netanyahu can’t wash this blood off his hands by blaming the technology.

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