AI in the Military, Jobs and Reading Minds

AI in the Military, Jobs and Reading Minds!

Let’s talk about AI (Artificial Intelligence), a growing field of study and industry meant to better handle data analysis and problem solving, and it’s use in the military, jobs and your mind!

AI, or Artificial Intelligence in the Military

AI in the Military, Jobs and Reading Minds
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Delivering a speech at the Gerald R. Ford Museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Attorney General William P. Barr (Bill Barr) talks about the advancement of AI and the race for it’s development.

In his speech, Barr says “Whichever nation emerges as the global leader in AI will be best positioned to unlock not only its considerable economic potential, but a range of military applications, such as the use of computer vision to gather intelligence.”

Recently, a leading source of military news and analysis, published an article about the advancement of AI (Artificial Intelligence) in the military. Some of the few key aspects about this article were the intended uses and scenarios for the use of AI in the military.

In the article, referencing an “episode of the CCDC Army Research Laboratory’s podcast issued on June 25, Dr. John Fossaceca, AIMM program manager, said he seeks to develop the foundational capabilities that will enable autonomy in the next generation of combat vehicles. This include the construction of a robotic combat vehicle that operates independently of the main combat vehicle.”

A few major uses of AI or Artificial Intelligence in the military are:

  • Destroying long range targets with the help of AI algorithms to with the necessary weather and terrain/geographical data to improve “sensor to shooter time”
  • In general terms right now, a “robotic combat vehicle that operates independently of the main combat vehicle.”
  • Natural Language Processing to have communication between soldiers and AI based vehicles or assets

The purpose of their research is to reduce the amount of work and effort soldiers put into maneuvering vehicles remotely, as well as increase the amount of information and data processed while on the move and in an operation. With artificial intelligence, processing vast amounts of data in seconds is of no issue; in fact, having a communicable AI to process your data and better help operations would likely increase their success rate.

AI in the military can be a scary thing. From killer robots and killer vehicles, to better and faster analysis leading to quicker reaction times to shoot long range targets, Artificial Intelligence carries a number of responsibilities in the military. With the OMFV program, a program dedicated to increasing autonomous weapons vehicles and remotely manned weapons vehicles, the military is increasing it’s efforts to move soldiers to move efficient tasks.

The Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV) program, formerly the Next Generation Combat Vehicle (NGCV) program, intends to increase remote and autonomous fighting vehicles in the military.

According to a report by the Congressional Research Service, “On April 9, 2020, the Army provided new OMFV program guidance to industry featuring a five-phased approach to
acquisition as well as a pledge to “reduce foreign barriers to competition,” and “identify a pathway to integrate relevant but immature technologies” into the program.” This likely refers to the developing AI (Artificial Intelligence) research and algorithms that are still in their infancy stage but see relevant results in developed scenarios.

AI, or Artificial Intelligence in the Workplace and Jobs

With the U.S. Job market on the rise over the last decade, and an increase in applicants to major industries and fortune 500 companies, AI plays a huge role in the job and human resources department.

Triplebyte is a great example of automation in the job industry. Their business is essentially to evaluate applicants with a series of relevant tests in computer based industries or tracks.

Automation can be applied heavily to accept more qualified applicants, save time for both businesses and applicants, and set a clear standard to what businesses are looking for. Triplebyte offers that exact automation for big tech companies like Microsoft and Apple.

A major purpose of this is to cut down the excess time HR (Human Resources) and recruiters go through when selecting or interviewing candidates, and provides a strong assessment of their skill.

Redistribution of Jobs and Layoffs due to Artificial Intelligence

It’s clear that many jobs are at risk when dealing with Artificial Intelligence. Many analytics and information processing/data analysis/data entry and data related jobs are at risk with most forms of AI, not to mention robotics and automated machinery threatening manual labor or technical work.

Microsoft recently removed at least 50 contractor in it’s MSN News affiliate, in an effort to utilize AI (artificial intelligence) in the news industry. While this comes with some backlash, Microsoft is sure this would increase their quality and output and is the right choice in response to their fiscal year.

Replacing jobs with artificial intelligence is definitely a concern for many workers, contractors, and anyone at risk of loosing employment, but companies know they can use these systems to process vast amounts of data and utilize this aspect to their economic benefit. Whether they outperform humans or specifically improve standards is yet to be seen.

AI, or Artificial Intelligence, reading minds/brianwaves!

Artificial intelligence is better at reading your mind than most psychics.

Russian Nerobiotics, with researchers from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology) developed AI (Artificial Intelligence) that can draw imagery and categorize the videos subjects watched by simply monitoring their brainwaves.

This research comes in light of AI analysis and the growing understanding of our brain. Brainwaves can be monitored with a device called the electroencephalography (EEG) headset, a headset with electrodes that record and monitor brainwaves. This powerful study can vastly improve our ability to understand out thoughts in brainwaves, as well as our ability to process them digitally!

Check out this amazing video depicting the research!

According to the research abstract:

“We introduce an effective closed-loop BCI system that reconstructs the observed or imagined stimuli images from the co-occurring brain wave parameters. The reconstructed images are presented to the subject as a visual feedback.”

Image and Video Reconstruction

AI then tries to categorize and create some video only from brain scan data. In 210 of 234 attempts, AI managed to categorize each video with tags that is related to the main topic of the video.

AI can be a powerful tool in analyzing these brainwaves, and many other studies have been known to analyze brainwaves for real-time information. While the study remains un-peer reviewed, it still shines a light on the capabilities of machine learning and processing of data.

We look forward to the new ways in which Artificial Intelligence can increase information consumption in the future, but it’s obvious warnings should not be forgotten.

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Mahim Gupta
Mahim Gupta
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