Army Science Board conducting study of AI on the battlefield

January 8, 2019 at 5:14 PM

The Army Science Board is seeking information from outside sources that may help it complete by the end of this year an analysis of potential uses for artificial intelligence on the battlefield.

The Army secretary has directed the ASB to undertake the study to be titled "Battlefield Uses of Artificial Intelligence," according to a notice posted this week on Federal Business Opportunities.

The objectives of the study are to: "identify battlefield functions into which AI can be inserted to improve operational and tactical performance, identify challenges and opportunities that will be unique to the Army's use of AI (e.g., technical, policy, culture, etc.) and recommend how the Army can leverage new technology and techniques in the application of AI by industry, laboratories and academia."

"While AI has been an area of active research for more than 50 years, and while some limited military and civilian applications of AI have been in use for several decades, recent advances in algorithms and computer processors, combined with the collection and availability of extremely large data sets, have dramatically expanded the investment by industry in and application of AI systems to problems as varied as Internet search, vehicle autonomy, natural language processing, business intelligence and e-commerce," the notice states.