Defence that learns 

As Artificial Intelligence develop and adapt to our changing data landscapes, evolving at an unprecedented rate, the opportunities it presents us with are phenomenal. Could it change the way we work? Communicate? Do business?

Could AI build a safer world?

Adapting artificial intelligence to any industry has proven to be universally successful, with nearly half of large organisations adopting some form of algorithm-based software to assist with the development of working with vast blocks of data.

The question has stemmed as to how AI is being used for our defence. How is an intelligent program with few error-rates trawling human issues and conflicts to bring us an analytical approach to saving lives and building public reassurance?

Aware intelligence

What defines artificial intelligence is forever changing, evolving as further development with AI progresses constantly. We are challenging the perceptions of intelligence with our own developments, tasking computers with trials that were previously thought to be only achievable by humans.

We have AI running factories; producing art. AI that can train its own software to develop on its own. AI systems will soon be a familiar face, changing every industry with independent thinking. By programming intelligence, it is teaching us more about itself than we could have ever imagined.

Welcome to the neo-tech landscape; artificial intelligence is being utilised to track our skies, calculate conflicts, and decipher the huge amounts of raw data needed for defence.

AI: an advantage

AI removes the possibility of human-error. With defence, that can be a matter of saving lives. Frozen software cannot adapt and change in the ways that artificial intelligence can. Artificial intelligence has already been put in place of many human counterparts – from creating its own music to beating the world champions of video games. Artificial intelligence is about evolving, learning its surroundings and building on its programmed intelligence to amass a clear understanding on the rules that it plays by and how it can change or adapt this new information to improve upon itself.

By aiming this software at defence, the prospects of how it will change the industry are endless. Granted, an artificial intelligence system is only as good as the data that is provided. This is where the teams of skilled data scientists and engineers enter, personnel that are building these aware systems for a more connected, safer world.

In terms of the roles we can give AI for the defence industry, you have to consider what applications it would benefit. By replacing frozen software within systems with AI, you are making more flexible systems that saves on cost and maintenance.

If AI can paint a masterpiece or compose a symphony, imagine what it could do in training its own systems. Artificial intelligence can be used to train the soldiers and pilots of tomorrow with advanced training exercises in virtual reality, for example. AI could help practice skill-sets that might otherwise require months of practical training from supervisors, tending it into a specified course for users.

Whether its solving logistics or automating drones, the defence industry has many applications for AI that is quickly making it a part of our everyday lives. From AI being in our living rooms with Cortana and Amazon’s Echo, to gathering data above a war-torn country, artificial intelligence is here and, in the time it’s taken me to pen this article, I’m sure a dozen other uses have already been designed for a new system. 

Written by Harry Pages

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