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Artificial Intelligence is Too Dumb to Fully Police Online Extremism, Experts Say


June 25, 2019

CSET’s Ben Buchanan was one of several witnesses to testify before a House Homeland Security Committee subcommittee on the possibilities and limitations of AI and counterterrorism. He described the “substantial limitations” facing machine-learning content moderators today.

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Accelerating threats to cybersecurity, the impact of automation on cyber defense, and the degree to which cyber operations will become faster and more powerful are among the subjects that CSET will now start to explore thanks to a grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

CSET expert Ben Buchanan testifies to Congress on vulnerabilities and need for defense using the latest AI tools.

“The internet is a very complex and rough environment, and governments, especially small governments, don’t have as many cards as they would like to play,” said CSET Senior Faculty Fellow Ben Buchanan, a cybersecurity expert who teaches at Georgetown University.