Artificial Intelligence: Lt. Gen. Jack Shanahan, Pentagon’s AI Chief to Retire

https://dailyalts.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/pentagon-720022_640-retirement.jpg

Shanahan is a proponent for America’s AI readiness in the event of a conflict with a peer competitor.

The Pentagon is due to announce today the retirement in summer of Lt Gen Jack Shanahan, the first Director of the Pentagon’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Centre (JAIC), says C4ISRNET.

In this position, Shanahan has been responsible for accelerating the delivery of artificial intelligence-enabled capabilities, scaling the department-wide impact of AI and synchronizing AI activities to expand joint force advantages.

Before that, Shanahan led Project Maven. It was a cross-functional team that applied algorithmic AI and machine learning to the analysis of full-motion video. The project, initially run along with Google, applied machine learning to aerial surveillance footage to automate the detection of enemy forces.

However, for all his enthusiasm for AI in military, Shanahan opposed the Hollywood-like portrayal of AI.  He described these as “killer robots” running amok in battle, or or “an unsupervised independent self-targeting system making life-or-death decisions.”

Lt Gen John Shanahan BIO

JAIC growth and activities

Under Shanahan, the JAIC’s funding grew from an initial $93 million to a “healthy” budgetary request of $268 million for fiscal 2020. Further, the department added 60 more employees.

At JAIC, Shanahan deployed AI in efforts to improve predictive maintenance for the military’s ubiquitous UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter. The program tries to figure out when key components are about to become faulty.

On Shanahan’s watch, the JAIC also launched the Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief (HADR) National Mission Initiative (NMI). It fielded Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning (AI/ML)-powered, problem-solving prototypical applications for disaster relief.  Their objective – to quickly identify and locate people and infrastructure impacted by natural and manmade disasters.

However, despite his advocacy of non-conflict AI he was categorical that AI was critical to US national security.

“If we imagine a future 20 years hence and we’re on the cusp of let’s say a major conflict with a peer competitor and the DoD is a completely AI-enabled force, the fact that it is, would not by itself imply that we’re going to win that conflict,” he said in an interview last year.

“If we do not have a fully AI enabled force we would incur an unacceptably high risk of losing that conflict.”

Related Story:   ABI Research: U.S. Represents 52.3% of All Artificial Intelligence Investment                                                 

Free Industry News

Subscribe to our free newsletter for updates and news about alternatives investments.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.


Alt Insights

January 29, 2020

Venture Capital: The Kobe in “Bryant Stibel & Co”

Venture Capital: The Kobe in “Bryant Stibel & Co”
Shape

Latest Alternative Investment News

https://dailyalts.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/52e4dc4a4854ae14ea898579ce203e7c1d22dfe05b53794a732973d6_640.jpg
ESG: Graham Clapp Says ESG-Focus is Creating a New Bubble
February 27, 2020     ESG and Sustainability, News

RWC Partners fund manager Graham Clapp warned that sustainable investing trends are poised to form a possible bubble in the markets. He compared it to the tech boom of the 1990s….

https://dailyalts.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Warren_Buffett_in_2010.jpg
Hedge Fund: Whitney Tilson Pumps Berkshire Hathaway as Top Retirement Stock
February 27, 2020     Hedge Funds, News

Former hedge fund manager Whitney Tilson has called Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK.A) the to retirement stock. Tilson, who now writes for Empire Financial Research, issued a note this week praising…

https://dailyalts.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/money-1084517_640-invesco-etf.jpg
Liquid Alternatives: Invesco Launches New Sterling Corporate Bond ETF With ESG

Invesco, the fund manager with $1.23 trillion in assets under management as of December 31, 2019, has launched in Europe a new, first-of-its-kind, sterling-denominated, corporate bond ETF with an ESG…

https://dailyalts.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/cryptocurrency-3423267_640-six-ieomx.jpg
Digital Assets: The SIX Swiss Exchange Buys A Stake in Crypto Trading Platform Omniex
February 27, 2020     Digital Assets, News

SIX Swiss Exchange announced it had struck a partnership agreement last week with San Francisco-based Omniex. The financial terms of the agreement, which also includes the acquisition of a stake…

Scroll to Top