Navy to Accelerate Artificial Intelligence Development for Warfighting, Support Roles

“Traditionally in the Department of the Navy the focus is on the warfighting mission, and rightfully so, but maybe not so much on the support side,” Bob Kozloski, deputy director of Task Force Innovation and deputy chief of the Office of Strategy and Innovation, told USNI News on Wednesday.
“So how does artificial intelligence and robotics fit into some of the operational support functions or even management?”

The service already has, in varying stages of completion, its Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) in the air, a Large Diameter Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (LDUUV) under the sea and the Swarmboat unmanned vehicle on the surface. The warfighting value for these platforms is clear, the service said.

“The private sector is investing heavily in AI and robotics automation for decision-making and physical implementation tasks,”

“When I see this memo, what I see is a demand signal from the very top to more heavily leverage what ONR (the Office of Naval Research) is already doing,” ONR director of research Lawrence Schuette said during the same interview. He added that Google has created some buzz by buying up (6) companies working on AI and robotics, but the Navy had already invested in many of the companies bought by Google and others.

Schuette said the Navy defines AI as “that thinking system that finds itself someplace it’s never been anticipated to be and is able to figure out what to do.”

In April 2013, the United Nations called for a moratorium on lethal autonomous systems, saying that systems with artificial intelligence should not make life-or-death decisions. The report mentioned the Northrop Grumman X-47B as a lethal system with some degree of autonomy. (As we have reported here before on TheDataBlitz)

Editor’s Note: This technology is being developed for the day when soldiers will not comply anymore and at that point they will be replaced and targeted like the rest of us. This technology will one day be used against you and your loved ones. History has a knack for repeating itself with a twist (AI)



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