The race to master military A.I. is rooted in the belief that strategic survival requires letting the digital genie out of the bottle before anyone else
Militaries working hand in hand with technology start-ups are taking the cork out of the genie’s bottle.
The difference here is that this all occurs at lightning-fast speeds. An industry-standard artificial intelligence can carry out around 10,000 algorithmic permutations per second, per processor. An average computer has between 2-5 processor cores, and computers running AI’s aim for dozens if not hundreds.
That’s too fast for humans to catch up and figure out what just happened by several orders of magnitude. Artuµ is a different kind of AI though. It had to learn things the hard way. For instance, no one told him that enemy air defenses won’t fire on their own forces. But it figured that out.
The young AI can only improve for so long before it hits a wall, and masters every simulation thrown at it. So it’ll face a new mission: facing off against itself.This won’t mean countering an exact clone. If two identical AI’s faced off, they’d end in a stalemate in much the same way you can’t play a board game against yourself. Instead another AI is being created at the U-2 Federal Laboratory. headtopics.com
Artuµ and his opponent will go through millions of learning simulations to master sensing and jamming, the bread and butter of electronic warfare. With the future already here, artificial intelligence seems poised to make more inroads into military systems, and perhaps most importantly, into decision-making that directly impacts the world.
The future of warfare promises human-machine teams facing off against each other, as militaries try their best to minimize the vulnerabilities and exposure of their carbon-silicon operators.“I visualise a time when we will be to robots what dogs are to humans, and I’m rooting for the machines.”
Claude ShannonIt could end there, but it likely won’t.For one, most transformative technological leaps took piggy-backed off of prohibitively expensive military funding. Artuµ, and DeepMind, it’s predecessor came out of one commercial lab, and it’s hardly alone.
Sprinkled throughout the globe and in nearly every commercial technological field, small hard-hitting technological firms are pushing the known frontiers of autonomous design, quantum computing, space exploration, and machine biology. It’s safe to say the boom in big tech is only just beginning. headtopics.com
That makes the life of a military planner or strategist incredibly difficult. How do you prepare to fight tomorrow’s war, instead of fighting yesterday’s? You can’t. But you can shape what it looks like.Consequently, technological innovation has become the latest battleground. Militaries still matter, but utilizing the potential of military-private partnership is the only investment that ensures any nation a semblance of a grip on its future.
For many, there’s a troubling premise at the heart of the mad race for electronic wizardry: The notion that survival requires releasing the Djinni from the bottle before anyone else, and letting the cards fall where they may. Read more: TRT World »
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