Artificial intelligence (AI) is one thing, but computer hardware to run algorithms plays a part, too

Oct. 1, 2019
AI requires powerful computer hardware that can handle high-powered algorithms, without taking up much space, weight, and power, says Mercury's Conley.

WASHINGTON – The military is investing heavily in artificial intelligence — but AI alone is not enough. Breaking Defense reports. Continue reading original article

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1 Oct. 2019 -- You need powerful computer hardware that can handle high-powered algorithms, without taking up so much space, weight, and power that it can’t fit into a frontline command post, fighter jet, or tank. And that’s not easy.

There’s “a changing demand signal” from the Defense Department, says Bill Conley, the incoming chief technology officer of electronics maker Mercury Systems in Andover, Mass. He should know: He just left government after a career that took him from a Navy laboratory to the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, where he was director for electronic warfare.

“Over the last couple of years there’s been a substantial amount of effort dedicated [to] the next generation of artificial intelligence, algorithm training, data,” Conley says, “[but] at the tactical edge, not only do you need the algorithms and the data ... you also need the hardware it actually runs on.”

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John Keller, chief editor
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