Concern growing in the Pentagon that U.S. artificial intelligence (AI) technology may be falling behind

Nov. 7, 2019
Some Chinese and Russian projects have developed military AI systems specifically aimed at what they perceive as U.S. technological weaknesses.

WASHINGTON – The U.S. government, long a proponent of advancing technology for military purposes, sees artificial intelligence (AI) as key to the next generation of fighting tools. The Conversation reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

7 Nov. 2019 -- Several recent investments and Pentagon initiatives show that military leaders are concerned about keeping up with – and ahead of – China and Russia, two countries that have made big gains in developing artificial-intelligence systems. AI-powered weapons include target recognition systems, weapons guided by AI, and cyber attack and cyber defense software that runs without human intervention.

The U.S. defense community is coming to understand that AI will significantly transform, if not completely reinvent, the world’s military power balance. The concern is more than military. As Chinese and Russian technologies become more sophisticated, they threaten U.S. domination of technological innovation and development, as well as global economic power and influence.

Military leaders see the threat to U.S. technological leadership coming from two main sources: a rising and ambitious China and a mischievous and declining Russia. Taken together, these forces challenge global stability.

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John Keller, chief editor
Military & Aerospace Electronics

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