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Project Maven

Joint AI Chief: Start With 50% Solutions ASAP

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


The military will use Silicon Valley’s approach to quickly field imperfect products, then rapidly improve them based on user feedback.

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Air Combat Commander Doesn’t Trust Project Maven’s Artificial Intelligence — Yet

Posted by Colin Clark on


Before the Air Force will trust AI to pick out targets, Gen. Holmes said, it has to get smarter than a human three-year-old.

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DUSDI Bingen: DCGS, TPEDS Slow Intelligence Sharing

Posted by Theresa Hitchens on


USDI Kari Bingen says that DoD’s mission “is hampered when we have to pay in time and money analysts and experts to manually translate data files … to makes systems and data interoperable because of proprietary data standards and formats.”

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Fix It Before It Breaks: SOCOM, JAIC Pioneer Predictive Maintenance AI

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


“He said you’ve got tremendous people, you prototype pretty effectively, and you’re absolutely terrible — he had some more colorful words than that — for machine learning,” Gen. Thomas said. “It gave me a spark … and turned me into a zealot.”

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Air Force Busts Out Credit Cards To Buy High Tech Gear

Posted by Paul McLeary on


The Air Force can be an “angel investor” for some startups, said Will Roper, the service’s top acquisition official.

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Joint Artificial Intelligence Center Created Under DoD CIO

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


“The major challenge for the US is China,” CNA analyst Larry Lewis said. “They are approaching the use of AI just like the US approached going to the moon in the sixties.”

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AI for Good in War; Beyond Google’s ‘Don’t Be Evil:’

Posted by Larry Lewis on


      In recent weeks, two events demonstrated the promise of and concern over the growing use of artificial intelligence (AI). At the #AI4Good Summit in Geneva, attendees reviewed the many ways AI can help humanity in medicine, education, economic and law enforcement applications, to name a few. Meanwhile, Google withdrew from a Pentagon project called… Keep reading →

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Google Helps Chinese Military, Why Not US? Bob Work

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Despite its ethical objections to helping the Pentagon, Google indirectly and inadvertently assists the Chinese military, which has tentacles into the tech giant’s ventures in China, former deputy secretary of defense Robert Work said.

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Pratt & Whitney Enters Incubator Biz To Slash Development Time in Half

Posted by Paul McLeary on


As the Pentagon and the defense industry rush to keep up with the shift to great power competition and the fight for tech workers rushing for Silicon Valley, the idea of technology incubators is catching fire.

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Pentagon’s Big AI Program, Maven, Already Hunts Data in Middle East, Africa

Posted by Paul McLeary on


Project Maven has made huge strides in its first year, but the key is remaining open to updates from whoever has the best idea for new algorithms, and new code, a military leader says.

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