Artificial intelligence must not be allowed to control nuclear weapons, a senior U.S. official said on Wednesday, urging China and Russia to follow the United States’ lead and make sure humans, not AI, have the final say over using the powerful weapons as Washington vies to become a leading voice in global debates over how to regulate the powerful new technology.


The U.S. has “made a very clear and strong commitment” that the decision to deploy nuclear weapons “would only be made by a human being,” State Department arms control official Paul Dean said in an online briefing.