Dog of the South writes: When the Pentagon — famous for its painful procurement process and its penchant for producing tech systems that are obsolete before they’re fielded — decided to develop and deploy artificial intelligence to a combat zone within just six months, the idea sounded like a failure waiting to happen. Remarkably, Project Maven has met its goals and won rave reviews — and may have changed the Pentagon’s whole approach to tech innovation. But is the Defense Department ready for the enormous challenges that lie at the intersection of military power and artificial intelligence?
The project “focuses on analysis of full-motion video data from tactical aerial drone platforms,” according to Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
, which reports that the Pentagon has already spent “tens of billions of dollars” developing them.
“A single drone with these sensors produces many terabytes of data every day. Before AI was incorporated into analysis of this data, it took a team of analysts working 24 hours a day to exploit only a fraction of one drone’s sensor data.”
Read more of this story at Slashdot.