US Military to Begin Spending Spree on AI Weapons Systems

  • The director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) announced a $2 billion spending spree to make the largest investment to date in artificial intelligence systems for U.S. weaponry.
  • In July defense contractor Booz Allen Hamilton received an $885 million contract to work on undefined artificial intelligence programs.
  • And Project Maven, the single largest military AI project, which is meant to improve computers’ ability to pick out objects in pictures for military use, is due to get $93 million.
  • A Pentagon strategy document released in August says advances in technology will soon make such weapons possible. “DoD does not currently have an autonomous weapon system that can search for, identify, track, select, and engage targets independent of a human operator’s input,”.
  • An expansion of AI’s use by the military was endorsed by the Defense Science Board in 2016, which noted that machines can act more swiftly than humans in military conflicts.



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