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The Pentagon's Terminator Project
The latest advancement being undertaken by the US Pentagon is being referred to by some as the Terminator project.
This terminology is used based on the Hollywood movie of that name but not to worry, the reality does not follow the same script.
The Pentagon is though going to use artificial intelligence [AI] but as yet does not have the capability to make AI that actually thinks like a human.
The AI will not be used in the form of a robot but in super computers.
The problem the Pentagon has at the moment is not a lack of information; its problem is too much information.
Basically the Pentagon now receives information from operating units, drones, internet, satellites and other sources.
Processing this information is the problem and so they want to introduce super computers with AI to sort through this information weeding out the irrelevant and just showing the relevant. A process, that currently, takes too much time for humans.
If successful it should certainly give the experts correct up to date information quicker.
Although the name of the project and the companies involved has been kept secret, it is supposed to be costing US$200 million and will involve using memristors.
These are chips that combine functions of memory and analysis.
It is anticipated that the Defense Department will eventually use a lot of these super computers as it is estimated that they will speed up the processing of information about one hundred thousand times and that these super machines will be able to “comprehend” what is happening in real time.
If all this is true, I have no problem with it and it is obvious that it would be of great assistance to the intelligence sections.
I do perhaps have one problem though.
It is also rumored that they are considering using these chips in some of their frontline hardware, such as drones.
Currently if a drone bombs the wrong people, some body is supposedly held to account. If this happens in the future, what will they do? Lock up the chip?
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