The Defense Department’s cutting-edge research arm has promised to make the military’s largest investment to date in artificial intelligence (AI) systems for U.S. weaponry, committing to spend up to $2 billion over the next five years in what it depicted as a new effort to make such systems more trusted and accepted by military commanders.
Developing the technology-enabled workforce has topped the discussion agenda for thought leaders in business, politics and policy. Now, that discussion is rapidly moving to the K-12 education system, where the next generation must prepare for a world in which advanced technology such as artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics will be the norm and not the novelty.
Artificial intelligence technology is having a big impact on the experience of providing and delivering education. It's already transforming the way students learn, assisting teachers and smoothing application and admissions processes.
Even though space is vast and there is more than enough room to maneuver a spacecraft, there are other parameters that require a lot of attention. First of all, there aren’t enough reference points that astronauts or rovers can use to navigate their way around space. Then there are different forces present in space that can influence the spacecraft's trajectory.
In late June, the Pentagon announced the creation of the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center, or JAIC. Defense officials have not said how many people will be dedicated to the new program or where it will be based when it starts next month. It could have several offices around the country.
The Pentagon’s research arm is looking for teams to build an artificial intelligence tool that can automatically generate, test and refine its own scientific hypotheses. By essentially automating steps of the scientific process, the tool would let top decision-makers take discoveries from the lab and rapidly apply them to the real world, according to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.
Last month the Army kicked off a pilot program with Uptake, a Chicago-based industrial technology startup, to test whether the company’s AI-powered platform can predict when components on the M2A3 Bradley Fighting Vehicle will break down. If the program is successful, the Army could ultimately scale the technology to the thousands of Bradleys it operates across the globe.
These days, modern cars come with sophisticated driver assistance tools, like adaptive cruise control, which maintains a set distance from the car in front, and active steering, which keeps a vehicle in its lane. They can also brake automatically if the driver doesn’t spot a stopped object ahead, and warn when there’s a motorbike hovering in a driver’s blind spot.
Amesite, an AI software company, can spot when a student is most efficient studying for their exams, and then send a notification alerting them when the best time to study is. The company’s CEO, Dr. Ann Marie Sastry, said the software is “delivering information that helps the experience be better and helps the education be more effective.”
AI researchers have demonstrated a self-teaching algorithm that gives a robot hand remarkable new dexterity. Their creation taught itself to manipulate a cube with uncanny skill by practicing for the equivalent of a hundred years inside a computer simulation (though only a few days in real time).