The gradual amalgamation of man and machine is not only inevitable, but “imperative” in the Pentagon’s drive to outdo America’s adversaries, Space Force top scientist said, hailing a new era of “augmentation. human ”in military technology.
At an event hosted by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) on Wednesday, Dr. Joel Mozer, Chief Space Force scientist, said “Superhuman” technologies are on the horizon, insists the United States “Can’t afford to be left behind in this area.”
“In the last century, Western civilization has moved from an industrial society to an information-based society, but today we are on the verge of a new era: the era of human augmentation”, he said. “In our national defense business, it is imperative that we embrace this new era, lest we fall behind our strategic competitors.”
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Combine human ingenuity with “Machine efficiency, power and speed” will “Create capacities that are more than human”, Mozer continued, predicting “Unimaginable” progress over the next decade. He cited advances in artificial intelligence, pointing to an AI program developed by a Google affiliate, AlphaGo Zero, which was able to train playing the game of Go to the next level in just a few weeks, without using of data from a real human. matches.
By integrating AI into war planning, the Pentagon could “Develop strategies and tactics that no human could,” Mozer said, suggesting that ultimately “Autonomous” the programs could advise commanders in real time.
“This will extend to the battlefield, where commanders and decision-makers will have several autonomous agents at their disposal, each capable of controlling the execution of things like reconnaissance, fire control or attack,” continued the Space Force scientist, but warns that “We need to think carefully about the ethics of this and how we will trust these Autonomous Agents, especially in an age of lethal Autonomous Warfare.”
Automated AI also has its risks, Mozer added, saying advanced programs can come up with lines of attack so innovative they escape human comprehension, “And it’s a little scary. “
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Perhaps even more distressingly, he called for an expansion of augmentation technology beyond the military, suggesting it could produce “Superhuman workforce”, presumably voluntarily
“By using technologies such as augmented reality and virtual reality and nerve stimulation, you could put [an] the individual in a state of flux, where learning is optimized and retention is maximized, “ he said. “This individual could be shaped into someone with high performing potential.”
Although it sounds like a piece of science fiction, Mozer’s vision is coming true. The Pentagon’s advanced research wing, DARPA, has embarked on numerous projects aimed at increasing the human organism in even more radical ways. The agency recently made headlines after revealing work on a skin implant capable of detecting dangerous viruses and infections, while its Neural Engineered Systems Design Program seeks to create a neural interface that allows “Communication between the brain and the digital world”, one of several brain implant projects.
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