The U.S. Army is working onÂ anÂ initiative to gather industry and academia to help the service understand emerging technologies that could support troops in the future, National Defense Magazine reported Friday. The Army announced the plans duringÂ a recent conference for its Mad Scientist initiative at the University of Texas-Austin.Â
Lee Grubbs, director of Army Mad Scientist, said the initiative seeks to utilize the commercial industry.Â Experts attending the Mad Scientist conferenceÂ discussed technologies to deter enemy detection systems, improved communications for drones, integrating AI into military systems, GPS interference and hypersonic vehicles.
âThe explosion in biology is not something thatâs happening in a DoD lab,â he said. âItâs originating in commercial labs looking for where there might be profit â artificial intelligence, autonomy, robotics. Mad Scientist [isnât] just conferences,â Grubbs said. âIt is a full-time exploration of the operational environment from today to the future.â