INSIDE THE PENTAGON’S PLAN TO WIN OVER SILICON VALLEY'S AI EXPERTS

WIRED | 12/21/2018 | Zachary Fryer-Biggs
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In an effort to bridge this gulf and dampen hard-edged opposition from AI engineers, the Defense Department has so far undertaken two initiatives.

The first, formally begun in late June, was to create a Joint Artificial Intelligence Center meant to oversee and manage all of the military’s AI efforts, with an initial focus on PR-friendly humanitarian missions. It’s set to be run by Lieutenant General Jack Shanahan, whose last major assignment was running Project Maven. In a politically shrewd decision, its first major initiative is to figure out a way to use AI to help organize the military’s search and rescue response to natural disasters.

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“Our goal is to save lives,” Brendan McCord, one of the chief architects of the Pentagon’s AI strategy, said while speaking at a technical conference in October. “Our military’s fundamental role, its mission, is to keep the peace. It is to deter war and protect our country. It is to improve global stability, and it’s to ultimately protect the set of values that came out of the Enlightenment.”

The second initiative is to order a new review of AI ethics by an advisory panel of tech experts, the Defense Innovation Board, which includes former Google CEO Eric Schmidt and LinkedIn cofounder Reid Hoffman.

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That review, designed to develop principles for the use of AI by the military, is being managed by Joshua Marcuse, a former adviser to the secretary of defense on innovation issues who is now executive director of the board. Set to take about nine months, the advisory panel will hold public meetings with AI experts, while an internal Pentagon group also considers questions. Then it will forward recommendations to secretary of defense James Mattis about the ways that AI should or should not be injected into weapons programs.

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