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The Pentagon Is Investing $2 Billion in Artificial Intelligence

Oishika Chattopadhyay

Our Earth is 4.6 billion years old, while the human race is about 7 million years old. We’ve only documented a fraction of that time, about 200,000 years ago. Right now, we’re in a technological high, with new technology advancing and becoming available/affordable to the public. One aspect of this advancing technology is Artificial Intelligence (AI). AI has been changing for years now, and it has evolved so much that the government wants to implement it into security tactics. America has tried multiple ways to tighten security, starting from almost none in the late 18th century, to organizations such as the CIA and FBI, which work now. The Pentagon is known as the head of the Department of Defense in America, meaning it is the head of the military.

There are a variety of reasons for using AI at the Pentagon. For example, there might be plans to implement the technology in security or human resources. There’s no certainty as to where exactly AI fits in the vast blueprint that is the Pentagon, but America isn’t the first to do so. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has placed huge bets on AI in the past, hoping for smoother paths. For now, the UAE only has AI in its security features but would like to expand in the future. Fields such as public works and medicine could reap benefits from AI. When people pave roads, the labor can be hard and expensive, meaning neither employer nor employee is happy in the situation. AI would help obliterate this, as it can predict what roads need help ahead of time, thus saving government money that contributes to other projects. In the field of medicine, some of the best cancer researchers and doctors can make a diagnosis with about 86% accuracy. AI can make the detection with 97% accuracy, which is significantly 11% greater than the best cancer doctors in the world.

After noticing AI’s benefits, America decided it wanted to incorporate this technology. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) recently surpassed its 60th year. Deputy Director of DARPA’s Information Innovation Office told CNNMoney, “We think it’s a good time to seed the field of AI…We think we can accelerate two decades of progress into five years.” Products such as Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri are all AI, and the Pentagon hopes to use something similar. To add an illustration to the idea, Waymo is a company that specializes in self-driving vans. These vans use AI to tell which roads to drive on. America will be following in the footsteps of other governments such as India, China, and Canada, taking technology to a new level.

Photo courtesy of WIRED.COM

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