The Pentagon is using AI to predict events days into the future It's science fiction turned science fact, but without all the weird gesture-controlled computer systems.

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This science fiction has become science fact, but without all the weird gesture-controlled computer systems.

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The third series of Global Information Dominance Experiments (GIDE) was conducted on July 13, 2021 at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado.


Before we talk about the US military using big data and artificial intelligence to try to predict future events, we can address the elephant in the room – or the notoriously short stature but An undeniably charismatic actor.

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Yes, it sounds a lot like that old 2002 Tom Cruise science-fiction classic Minority Report; One in which law enforcement uses genetically mutated human “precogs” with psychic abilities to bust criminals before they actually commit their crimes.

“What we have seen is the ability to move forward – what I call the left – despite being reactive to actually being proactive,” said General Glenn D., commander of the North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD. VanHerk, and US Northern Command told reporters at a briefing last week. “And I’m not talking minutes and hours – I’m talking days.”

VanHerk was discussing the latest results of the Global Information Dominance Experiment, also known as GIDE, a so-called cross-command event involving representatives from all 11 combat commands of the US Department of Defense.

The Pentagon hasn’t released many specific details on what GIDE actually consists of, but it certainly doesn’t include any Precogs bathing in the creepy opaque white fluid. Instead, the idea appears to be combining data with machine learning and other forms of artificial intelligence to achieve a sufficient informational edge to enable the proactive approach described by VanHerk.

“We are taking sensors from all over the world, not just military sensors but commercially available information, and using it for domain awareness,” he explained. “We will take artificial intelligence and use machine learning to take a look and assess, for example, the average number of cars in a parking lot that might be in a specific location for a competitor or threat.”

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Tom showed us the future of the present about 20 years ago.

If the AI ​​detects certain changes of interest in that parking lot, it can send out an alert suggesting that someone take a closer look at satellite imagery of the area for suspicious activity.

“(The system) receives information from multiple sources and puts it on a screen for us to make more effective decisions, and then the system itself helps by providing recommendations and information to help make that decision,” Explained New York Air National Guard Capt. Eric Schenk in an interview recorded during the third GIDE event on July 16.

VanHerk emphasized that the system does not involve new technology, but rather a new approach to using technology to process reams of information.

“The data exists,” VanHerk said. “What we’re doing is making that data available and sharing it in the cloud where machine learning and artificial intelligence see it. And they process it really quickly and provide it to decision makers , what I call decision superiority.”

VanHerk says the results could be days of advanced warnings.

“Today, we end up in a reactive environment because we’re late with data and information. And so often we react to a competitor’s move,” VanHerk said. “And in this case, it really allows us to create deterrents, which actually creates stability by having an awareness of what they’re actually doing.”

As far as concerns that this scenario might seem a little less and a little more Skynet, VanHerk made it a point to reiterate that “humans still make all the decisions.”

“We don’t have any decision-making machines,” he said. “Certainly, machines can provide alternatives.”

That’s good news for the more paranoid among us, until machines start manipulating those choices to subtly direct human decision makers to serve our new robotic overlords. but there i go looks like elon musk Then.

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