The US Department of Defense will create its own AI


On August 10, the US Department of Defense announced the formation of Task Force Lima to study and build generative artificial intelligence (AI).

The new division will integrate AI technologies into the country’s security system.

Lima’s goal is to use large language models to improve political relationships, defenses, and combat capabilities, the agency said.

Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks noted that the group will also counter potential threats posed by artificial intelligence.

“The future of defense is not only the introduction of advanced technologies, but also vision, responsibility, and a deep understanding of the wider implications for our nation,” she added.

Lima will be headed by the General Directorate of Digital and Artificial Intelligence, established in June 2022. The mission will be led by US Navy Captain Manuel Xavier Lugo.

“The Department of Defense recognizes the potential of generative AI to significantly improve intelligence, operational planning, and administrative and business processes. However, responsible implementation is the key to effective risk management,” Lugo explained.

The creation of the task force may be related to tensions between the United States and China over artificial intelligence technologies.

On August 9, President Joe Biden signed an executive order designating China, Hong Kong and Macau as countries of concern. Technology investment in these regions will be regulated and restricted.

Recall that for the first time the creation of a task force for AI became known in April. According to the head of the US Department of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mallorcas, the decision is associated with the risks of tools like ChatGPT amid their growing popularity.

Earlier, the US authorities issued a declaration on the use of artificial intelligence in the military, including “human responsibility”.

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