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JAIC Looks to Deploy AI for Disaster Relief, Medical Assessments

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The Department of Defense’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center is working to leverage AI for immediate applications such as emergency response and health-related activities, C4ISRnet reported Tuesday.

Nathaniel Bastian, an AI engineer and senior data scientist at JAIC, said at an Association of the U.S. Army event that the center plans to integrate full-motion video features to drones that will predict the spread of fire and help firefighter teams detect their personnel.

JAIC is also developing AI-driven medical imaging technology that will predict impacts to the overall wellness of soldiers, according to Bastian. The tool will be used to support pre-disability and disability evaluation and assess the medical readiness of users.

“It’s one thing to talk about upskilling our current workforce with the skills needed to build AI tools and to use them,” said Bastian. “We’re also looking ahead 10 and 15 years from now, when we reached and achieved our vision of a DoD transformed by AI, what does that look like? What do we need? Are there going to be AI crew chiefs that maintain and deploy it?”