AI and ML in War: Beginning of the End? #Collection

A collection of how Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning is being deployed by countries. Explore the combat nature of AI in the collection below.

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1. Indian Armed Forces ushers in to AI era with AI analysing it's military satellite photos

India has a vast expansive fleet of satellites for strategic reconnaissance and surveying areas of interests. 

At present, identifying and locating military objects and potential targets in overhead surveillance pictures is done manually by intelligence personnel trained in imagery interpretation.

India’s Armed Forces have recently initiated a project to adapt artificial intelligence for identifying and indexing military objects in aerial photographs or videos.

Under the project, artificial intelligence and deep learning technology would be used to develop engines and algorithms to analyse satellite photographs as well as video feeds from unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) for detection, classification, pattern recognition and decision support in real time.

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2. US Army wants AI tanks

US Army has called for proposals to develop tanks which could be powered by AI and ML, and thus be 3X faster than the conventional tanks of the day, in acquiring and eliminating targets.

The project is named ATLAS.

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3. US Army teams up with Carnegie Mellon University with $72 million to develop AI which enhances national security and defense

US Army has put a five year program in motion, where it's Combat Capabilities Development Command's, Army Research Laboratory would team up with Carnegie Mellon University to develop AI that “enhance[s] national security and defense. 

The research would involve adversarial algorithms that can respond to enemy AI, autonomous networking that adapts to electromagnetic and cyber events, and systems that “increase survivability” in contested environments.

“Tackling difficult science and technology challenges is rarely done alone and there is no greater challenge or opportunity facing the Army than Artificial Intelligence.

The Army is looking forward to making great advances in AI research to ensure readiness today and to enhance the Army’s modernization priorities for the future.”

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4. US is developing satellites which could dodge space lasers

The frontiers of war are now no more limited to land,air and sea; they reach out to space as well. This is due to the fact that satellites are the most crucial in maintaining a communication network and also for effective surveillance and reconnaissance.

Hence, to mitigate the effect of enemy attack on it's satellite network, US is developing satellites which could dodge not only space lasers but also, other satellite mounted weapons.

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5. Meet the Kalashnikov Suicide Drone from the makers of AK-47

The makers of AK-47 Kalashnikov rifles have developed the Kalashnikov drone, KUB-UAV.

It will be also simple to operate, effective and cheap as it's older sibling, the AK-47.

The KUB is four feet wide, can fly for 30 minutes at a speed of 80 mph and carries six pounds of explosives, the news release says.

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6. Do not turn warfare in to video game, Microsoft employees

"As employees and shareholders we do not want to become war profiteers".This is what more than 50 employees have to say against the company's decision to supply it's augmented reality headsets to US military.

The employees also warned against reducing the warfare to a mere simulated video game.

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