Competing with China, the US is ready to deploy thousands of AI technologies. PHOTO/ Daily
LONDON – The Pentagon intends to activate thousands of autonomous systems with artificial intelligence (AI) to balance China.
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While funding remains unclear, this ambitious initiative will speed up difficult decisions about which AI technologies are mature and trustworthy enough to use.
US Air Force Colonel Matt Strohmeyer said the ability to make better and faster decisions than competitors and adversaries is at the heart of the use of a number of new technologies being discussed by US military officials.
“This is not technology for the sake of technological progress, this is technology that allows soldiers on the battlefield to make better and faster decisions,” said Strohmeyer as reported by the Daily Start, Friday (1/12/2023).
There is little disagreement among AI scientists and Pentagon officials about the US military’s arsenal, which will eventually include lethal weapons that are fully autonomous or can make their own decisions.
For example, unmanned aircraft or drones which one day, when they enter combat in a robotic swarm, can make decisions to obtain information by scouting, while others carry out attacks.
However, one pressing challenge is recruiting and retaining the human talent needed to test AI technology, as the Pentagon cannot compete on salaries.