The Pentagon Wants to Anticipate Events Using Artificial Intelligence

Recently, a senior US official made an astonishing statement. The US military has artificial intelligence that can anticipate certain events several days in advance. For example, it could be troop movements or even rocket launches.

An artificial intelligence that predicts enemy movements

The United States led a great exercise during the 3rd edition of the Global Information Dominance Experiments (GIDE) program. More than a dozen US military commandos attended to witness the presentation of solutions to dominate the information sector and facilitate decision-making in times of crisis. As explained in a statement from the Department of Defense (DoD) on July 28, 2021, an artificial intelligence (AI) be able to anticipate future events over several days.

This disclosure is that of General Glen D. VanHerck, commander of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and the US Northern Command. The person concerned recalls that the GIDE program aims to exploit the various data from radars, satellites, intelligence services and numerous sensors with the help of an AI. Using this data, the AI ​​can: prevent troop movementsmissile launches or the movement of aircraft and submarines.

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A big change in the way we use data

The data in question is so extensive that analysts can’t take it into account, even with solid experience. Gene. Glen D. VanHerck says the AI ​​intervention here represents a fundamental shift in how data is used to enable more decision-making. in strategy and tactics. However, he believes that this in itself is not new technology.

The general also wanted to reassure people who fear that today’s AIs will one day generate a kind of Skynet, as in the famous Terminator saga. The GIDE program is: only a deterrent whose peculiarity is to anticipate certain decisions of the enemy. In addition, the AI ​​is not designed to make decisions alone. Indeed, it provides options that may or may not be validated by human decision-makers. For example, the United States now has a kind of Minority Report for the military.

In 2017, China tested an artificial intelligence-based surveillance system capable of anticipating crimes and violations. Intended for population control, the system reviews thousands of images from surveillance cameras present in about fifty cities across the country. This AI could detect faces and analyze behavior, such as suspicious hallways.