For the last two years, a federal commission led by former Google CEO Eric Schmidt and former Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert O. Work has debated how A.I. can best be used for national security.
The National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence has made recommendations to Congress like starting a school called the Digital Service Academy and beseeched tech companies to help the U.S gain “A.I. supremacy.”
As part of an upcoming list of recommendations to Congress, the commission wants to explore the creation of autonomous killer robots, leaders of the organization said in a livestreamed meeting this week.
OneZero’s General Intelligence is a roundup of the most important artificial intelligence and facial recognition news of the week.
In late November, Iran’s top nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, was assassinated on a highway outside of Tehran.
Iranian military and state-owned news outlets blame Israel for the attack but also claim that Fakhrizadeh was killed by an A.I.-controlled machine gun mounted to a Nissan truck. A deputy commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards described the machine gun as “equipped with an intelligent satellite system which zoomed in on martyr Fakhrizadeh.” Little other information is known.
Welcome to General Intelligence, OneZero’s weekly dive into the A.I. news and research that matters.
War robots today take just too much darn time to control. I know it, you know it, and the U.S. Army knows it.
That’s why its research branch is cooking up a system that would allow soldiers to give orders to small robotic cars by speaking naturally, as opposed to using specific commands. The robots would be able to understand the soldiers’ intent and complete the given task, according to an Army press release. The system would be used for scouting out areas and search-and-rescue.
In 2030, a severe drought triggers a refugee crisis, which in turn sparks a war between two African nations. The UN steps in, deploying U.S. and French soldiers to keep the borders secure. An information warfare specialist is sent in when a disinformation campaign depicts U.S. forces destroying religious sites and infecting refugees with tainted vaccines and moves to help mitigate attacks from state actors looking to destabilize the region. …
The U.S. military is spending more than $4.5 million to develop facial recognition technology that reads the pattern of heat being emitted by faces in order to identify specific people. The technology would work in the dark and across long distances, according to contracts posted on a federal spending database.
Facial recognition is already employed by the military, which uses the technology to identify individuals on the battlefield. But existing facial recognition technology typically relies on images generated by standard cameras, such as those found in iPhone or CCTV networks.
Were it not for the fact that he’s facing impeachment, the past few weeks could have been glorious for President Trump. The hearings in Washington, D.C. have taken the spotlight away from the successful mission on October 26 to kill Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
Of course, the real success was that of the Delta Force strike team who carried off the tightly executed attack against al-Baghdadi’s bunker deep in Pakistan. In particular, the mission made a hero of the strike team’s canine support: a Belgian Malinois nicknamed Conan. …
Over the last 15 years, the United States military has developed a new addition to its arsenal. The weapon is deployed around the world, largely invisible, and grows more powerful by the day.
That weapon is a vast database, packed with millions of images of faces, irises, fingerprints, and DNA data — a biometric dragnet of anyone who has come in contact with the U.S. military abroad. The 7.4 million identities in the database range from suspected terrorists in active military zones to allied soldiers training with U.S. forces.
“Denying our adversaries anonymity allows us to focus our lethality. It’s…
Experts agree that we’re headed toward a future where global leadership in artificial intelligence will translate into economic and military dominance. Unfortunately, authoritarian regimes, such as China, have inherent advantages in research and development. The training of A.I. systems requires data — lots of it. Big data is the oil of the Digital Age and whoever has the most of it — at the highest quality and at the lowest cost — will have a comparative advantage.