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Mark Esper: AI Could Transform Every Aspect of Battlefield

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Mark Esper, secretary of the Department of Defense (DoD) and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, said he believes artificial intelligence has the potential to transform the battlefield and the country that is first to deploy AI will gain a significant advantage over its adversaries, DoD News reported Wednesday.

"History informs us that those who are first to harness once-in-a-generation technologies often have a decisive advantage on the battlefield for years to come," Esper said Wednesday at the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC) virtual symposium. "Unlike advanced munitions or next-generation platforms, artificial intelligence is in a league of its own, with the potential to transform nearly every aspect of the battlefield, from the back office to the front lines.”

Esper also discussed how Russia and China are advancing AI, DoD’s adoption of ethical principles for the use and development of AI and how JAIC accelerates the delivery of AI capabilities in support of warfighters.

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