If there is one thing people seem to agree on in these tumultuous times, it is that a root cause of much of the tumult is the emergence of revolutionary new technologies that are roiling labor markets as never before. Technologists themselves concede this point. “The pace of technical change is accelerating,” says a leading scientist in the field of artificial intelligence, in an apparent understatement. Indeed, many economists view the prospect of continuing breakthroughs in AI to be cause for genuine alarm.
McCord pointed out the recent announcement of the creation of DoD’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center, or JAIC, saying it is an effort that is significant to the department and the country. “Structurally, we know that AI has the potential to be an enabling layer across nearly everything,” he said, explaining it means countless applications in daily life and could affect all areas of the department.
With the creation of a White House Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence in May, the Trump administration unveiled its philosophical approach to AI innovation: The United States should lead the world, and the way to get there is by keeping any regulations at bay.
As part of the first meeting of the Interagency Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence, the members established two subcommittees to tackle specific areas: the Machine Learning and AI, or MLAI, Subcommittee, which will act as the operations and implementation arm of the committee; and the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development, or NITRD, Subcommittee, which will establish a new interagency research and development working group in conjunction with the
A top Air Force general said the military needs to expand its use of artificial intelligence -- like that being used in the controversial Project Maven effort -- if it wants to stay ahead of peer competitors and deter war. Gen. James Holmes, who leads Air Combat Command, is among the first flag officers to publicly defend the Pentagon’s algorithmic-image-analysis program since Google said it would not renew its contract following an outcry by its employees.
While teachers may always be the best line of defense for students falling behind, busy schedules don’t always permit the special attention and feedback that students need. That’s where artificial intelligence–powered teaching assistants might come in handy. “These intelligent tools can adapt pacing based on the student’s ability … and provide targeted, corrective feedback in case the student makes mistakes, so that the student can learn from them...
When Google’s AlphaGo defeated the Chinese grandmaster at a game of Go in 2017, China was confronted with its own “Sputnik moment”: a prompt to up its game on the development of artifical intelligence (AI). Sure enough, Beijing is pursuing launch a national-level AI innovation agenda for “civil-military fusion”.
One activity humans should be exceptionally good at is innovation. Being able to conceive of new ways to shape the material world to our advantage is what differentiates us from animals. Yet, surprisingly, while humans are great at creating ideas, they are extremely poor managers of the social processes that create stellar new projects.
Earlier this year, Google CEO Sundar Pichai described artificial intelligence as more profound to humanity than fire. Thursday, after protests from thousands of Google employees over a Pentagon project, Pichai offered guidelines for how Google will--and won’t--use the technology. One thing Pichai says Google won’t do: work on AI for weapons. But the guidelines leave much to the discretion of company executives and allow Google to continue to work for the military.
When people see machines that respond like humans, or computers that perform feats of strategy and cognition mimicking human ingenuity, they sometimes joke about a future in which humanity will need to accept robot overlords. But buried in the joke is a seed of unease.