February 05, 2019

CMU, U.S. Army Partner To Create AI For Future Wars

Featuring Paul Scharre

Source: WESA

Journalist Sarah Boden

On Friday, the U.S. Army activated its new Artificial Intelligence Task Force, which will have a hub at Carnegie Mellon University and develop military uses for artificial intelligence.

Military represenatives who were at the ceremony said U.S. adversaries are already developing AI, and that collaborating with institutions like CMU is necessary to minimize American causalities.

"[AI] really means that we will enbable our soliders, our young men and women, to think and act faster on the battlefield with more clarity, more precission," said Secretary of the Army Mark Esper, "and in some ways able to lift the fog of war that can sometimes lead to bad outcomes."

AI expert Paul Scharre served as an Army Ranger in Iraq and Afghanistan, and is the author of the book “Army of None: Autonomous Weapons and the Future of War.”

He agreed the U.S. military has little choice regarding AI. He said not pursuing this tech is like riding onto a World War II battlefield on horseback, and then encountering planes.

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  • Paul Scharre

    Senior Fellow and Director, Technology and National Security Program

    Paul Scharre is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Technology and National Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. He is the award-winning author of Army ...