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Artificial intelligence is rapidly transforming the art of war
Vladimir Putin was quote was saying several months ago that Artificial Intelligence is the future, not just for Russia, but for all mankind. Whoever becomes the leader in this domain will become the ruler of the world. AI and its related technologies will be the engine powering the fourth industrial revolution. This has been described to be "unlike anything humankind has experienced before" by World Economic Forum.
It's true that these technologies are capturing the imagination of the public, but there are still concerns about them and their implication for future warfare and national security. The promise of AI in the context of armed conflicts and national security is rooted in three main fields.
- Automation of Human activities
- Improvement of efficiency using optimization and automation
- Capability to influence human behavior using personalized information and altering the way information is shared.
Efficiency here is key. In 2016, Google was able to successfully reduce its data center cooling energy use by 40% with the help of "deep mind" neural network. If military planners are able to reduce spending by 40% while maintaining high level of operational readiness and strategic supremacy, critical resources could be allocated for the purpose of long term capacity building, and for also curing the chronic disease of democracy which is the constant burden of growing defense spending.
The nature of current and future battlefields present a great challenged to advanced militaries. Modern battlefields have become a hide and seek playground. Advanced militaries have one of two choices - either use air strikes, which result in civilian casualties or use boots on the ground that can cause heavy losses.
Artificial intelligence could help resolve this situation. Using big data and predictive analytics along with AI, it will be possible to identify patterns, links or anomalies in huge chunks of information, Image processing could help pin point enemy deeply hidden in the urban haystack. It will also be possible to have advanced landscape analysis for forces operating on the field.
We already see how in cyberspace, AI is being used by both attackers and defenders. With AI playing an increasing role the cyberspace could see a real turning point. The new generations of malware and cyber attacks are difficult to detect using the conventional methods, especially if they are built using AI themselves. Machine Learning allows defenders to adapt over time and gives them an edge over attackers. AI based systems can also prioritize and categorize attacks according to their threat level. No doubt, we will soon see cyber wars that are machine to machine.
The rapid technological developments mentioned pose a great challenge to national security, however they also hold great promise. We can only hope that policy makers use AI in the best possible manner for our greatest advantage.