AI MILITARY BUILD-UP AND TRICKLE DOWN BENEFITS FOR DIGITAL GOVT
Updated: Mar 24, 2020
Of particular concern is AI penetrating the most formidable militaries of the world. A Fox News article in March of 2019 sums up the Pentagon’s position on AI in the military after announcing their 2020 total budget proposal of $700 billion.
The article stated that AI is among the most wide-spread or encompassing areas of major emphasis in the military. The Pentagon recently unveiled a new AI strategy to include large platforms across all military branches. New iterations of AI weave themselves into things like the F-35, armored combat vehicles and Navy ships such as the LCS and new Ford-class carriers. By no means restricted to IT and cybersecurity, AI applies itself to large networks, fire control, radar, weapons, and sensors. Command and control networks are increasingly cyber-reliant and informed by AI.
Since the dawn of our recorded history, war has rewarded the victor with resources, population control, and territorial expansion. The threat of war undoubtedly will continue. Despite the risk of unintended collateral damage, or outright global catastrophe, AI applied to war becomes a unsettling but natural extension of the Human psyche and its technology.
The Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union drove the proliferation of nuclear missiles as a method of mutual determent.
Today, all military powers must develop AI to be competitive as a new form of determent. In the same way governments amass arms, they must amass and deploy AI. It’s terrifying to think about Smart War accelerated with AI by a species aptly characterized as “primate” or “brain-bugged,” and short-sighted and violent.
However, the same “natural” primate urge to war stimulates civilian benefits as positive side effects. Here is a sampling of the technologies derived from a trickle-down effect from war: the telegraph, railroads, aerial reconnaissance, blood banks, synthetic rubber, ultrasound, mass radio and radio communication, plastic surgery, airlines, radar, microwave ovens, penicillin, pressurized cabins, jet engines, nuclear power, the first computers, and ballistic missiles that would later propel us to the Moon.
New technology and knowledge underly adaptive tooling for the species to not only survive but to propagate. We adapt, we survive, we propagate and penetrate into new niches, this is what the Human species is about from a genetic perspective. Whether or not we want to admit it, war continues to play a major role in what we are today, and we will become tomorrow.
War is a despicable, abhorrent affront to Universal Rights and is the ultimate shame for Humanity. But one could argue that the preparation for war is a necessary evil. We cannot assume that the first visit from an alien race is going to be a friendly one or that it would be announced well in advance. If a self-reflexive species wants to survive for millions of years or even billions of years, it must be prepared to protect itself from a hostile invasion. The risk for extermination is simply too great. That is not to say we must commit war, only to be prepared for it. Ideally, instead of pointing our weapons at each other, we would hope that the major powers would work together to prepare to defend our planet from an alien species with a plan to assimilate into a Global Space Force.
POSITIVE APPLICATIONS OF AI TO GOVERNMENT
If AI is to penetrate “large platforms” in the military, then surely, as a positive side effect from preparation for war, AI could penetrate large platforms in any department of government. If AI is invaluable for the largest, most powerful military on the planet, it should be invaluable for all Government offices as well. Proper application of AI, in combination with open source, and blockchain technologies, could make all of government more streamlined, less corruptible, more transparent, and more economically efficient.
We’re on the verge of new technological revolutions that could improve virtually every aspect of our lives, create vast new wealth for American workers and families, and open up bold, new frontiers in science, medicine, and communication.
President Donald J. Trump
President Trump’s quote begins the White House fact sheet from May 2018 entitled Artificial Intelligence for the American People. Surely this is a welcoming embrace of AI’s potential in government.
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