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Pentagon outlines first artificial intelligence strategy as China and Russia chip away at U.S. tech edge

Pentagon outlines first artificial intelligence strategy as China and Russia chip away at U.S. tech edge

WASHINGTON – 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 American values.

Outlined its first AI strategy in a report released Tuesday, the Pentagon called for accelerating the use of AI systems throughout the military, from intelligence-gathering operations to predicting maintenance problems in planes or ships. The report 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.

It makes little mention of autonomous weapons but cites a 2012 military directive that requires humans to be in control.

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