Although Capitol Hill is increasingly divided, the bipartisan duo claim to see an emerging consensus that China poses a serious threat and that supporting US tech development is a vital remedy.“American leadership and advanced technology has been critical to our success since World War II, and we are in a race with the government of China,” Hurd says.
Our new program, Agility Prime, leverages unique Air Force assets—test ranges, safety certifications, and military missions capable of logging steady flight hours—to build confidence in the technology, attract investors, and hopefully expedite domestic commercialization.Flying cars aren’t the only commercial technology the military can help accelerate.
On midnight last Friday, all over the United States, an alliance of magical practitioners called the Magic Resistance gathered Tarot cards, feathers, orange and white candles, pins, water, salt, matches, ashtrays, and unflattering photos of President Trump .
“There’s a legitimate need for these kinds of principles predominantly because a lot of the AI and machine learning technology today has a lot of limitations,” says Paul Scharre, director of the technology and national security program the Center for a New American Security.
In response, Jeff Bezos told an audience at WIRED's own 25th anniversary conference, “If big tech companies are going to turn their back on the US Department of Defense, this country is going to be in trouble.” But who would come and work on AI for the federal government or US military when the perks of Silicon Valley are spectacularly more attractive?
Federal contracting records indicate that Google, Oracle, IBM, and SAP have signaled interest in working on future Defense Department AI projects. John "Jack" Shanahan, who leads the JAIC, said the unit will focus on rapidly deploying existing AI algorithms and tools, often contracted from technology companies, in military scenarios.
Thousands of the company’s employees had signed a petition two months earlier calling for an end to its work on the project, an effort to create algorithms that could help intelligence analysts pick out military targets from video footage.Inside the Pentagon, Google’s withdrawal brought a combination of frustration and distress—even anger—that has percolated ever since, according to five sources familiar with internal discussions on Maven, the military’s first big effort to utilize AI in warfare.About This StoryThis article was produced in partnership with the Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization.“We have stumbled unprepared into a contest over the strategic narrative,” said an internal Pentagon memo circulated to roughly 50 defense officials on June 28.
Why Big Tech and the Government Need to Work TogetherZach Gibson/Getty ImagesThe arc of innovation has reached an inflection point: technological change now threatens to overwhelm us. And who better than tech-savvy Googlers to steer the Pentagon rightly?Social media is another arena where we need to better align technology and public purpose.