'The U.S. military wants to expand its use of artificial intelligence in warfare, but says it will take care to deploy the technology in accordance with the nation's values.
In a 17-page report, the Pentagon laid out how it plans to inject artificial intelligence into future military operations and how it will keep up with Russia and China's advancements in the futuristic technology.
The report, titled 'Harnessing AI to Advance Our Security and Prosperity,' marks the first time the Pentagon has developed strategies around how it will respond to the rise of artificial intelligence.
The Pentagon defines AI in its report as the ability of machines to perform tasks that typically require human oversight, like detecting patterns or 'learning from experience.'
'AI is poised to transform every industry, and is expected to impact every corner of the Department, spanning operations, training, sustainment, force protection, recruiting, healthcare, and many others,' the DoD said in the report.
'With the application of AI to defense, we have an opportunity to improve support for and protection of U.S. service members, safeguard our citizens, defend our allies and partners, and improve the affordability and speed of our operations.'
The plan calls for accelerating the use of AI systems throughout the military, from intelligence-gathering operations to predicting maintenance problems in planes or ships.
It urges the U.S. to advance such technology swiftly before other countries chip away at its technological advantage.
'Other nations, particularly China and Russia, are making significant investments in AI for military purposes, including in applications that raise questions regarding international norms and human rights,' the report says.
The report makes little mention of autonomous weapons but cites an existing 2012 military directive that requires humans to be in control.
The U.S. and Russia are among a handful of nations that have blocked efforts at the United Nations for an international ban on 'killer robots' - fully autonomous weapons systems that could one day conduct war without human intervention.'
Read more: Pentagon unveils 17-page strategy on artificial intelligence and says machines will 'impact every corner' of the military as it ramps up efforts in AI-arms race with Russia and China
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