WASHINGTON — ChatGPT, a bot launched by OpenAI in November, generated human-like conversations and content, including surreal art and computer code, that caught the attention of U.S. defense officials.
Generative artificial intelligence, the technology behind viral bots, was recently added to the Defense Information Systems Agency’s watch list, according to Chief Technology Officer Stephen Wallace.
“We’ve heard a lot about AI over the years, and there are many places where it’s already being used,” at Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, Virginia. “But the ability to generate this kind of content is a very interesting feature.”
The Watchlist is updated regularly and has historically covered topics that have since become pillars of defense connectivity and security, including 5G, Zero Trust Digital Defense, Quantum Safe Cryptography, Edge Computing and Telepresence.
“We are beginning to consider: [generative AI] In fact, we’re changing DISA’s mission in this division and what we offer the division going forward,” said Wallace.
ChatGPT has been hailed by some for its potential to improve employee productivity, while others objected to it over bias and ethical issues, but within a week of its launch, ChatGPT had 1 million registered users. surpassed people. According to Bill Drexel, an associate in technology and national security at the Center for a New American Security and his Fellow, this easily accessible platform demonstrates the power and pitfalls of AI to “a large segment of the population.”
“It’s clearly not a military system per se, but the increasing exposure of this kind of contingent, often corporate-led enterprise is raising awareness of what works and what doesn’t work with these tools. I think it’s really elevated,” he said. He told Defense News at another livestreamed event on Jan. 26.
It’s unclear exactly how generative AI will be applied at the Pentagon, and Wallace didn’t provide details. OpenAI CEO Sam Altman, who is the creator of ChatGPT, met with lawmakers this week to unravel the mystery of the tool, he reported to Semafor.
The U.S. military is increasing its spending on AI and related technologies as a means of improving battlefield analysis and predicting maintenance needs, among other applications.
Pentagon public spending on AI, including autonomy, has ballooned from just over $600 million in 2016 to $2.5 billion in 2021. Government Accountability Office.
And in November, the Air Force’s chief information officer, Lauren Knausenberger, said the service must become “more automated” if it is to remain dominant in the world of advanced computing and lightning-fast decision-making. said.
Colin Demarest is a reporter for C4ISRNET covering military networks, cyber and IT. Colin previously covered the Department of Energy and its National Nuclear Security Agency (i.e. Cold War decontamination and nuclear weapons development) in a daily South Carolina newspaper. Colin is also an award-winning photographer.