Artificial Intelligence for the Next War

May 12, 2016 By QUENTIN HARDY The titans of tech don’t talk about it, but entrepreneurial Silicon Valley was built on government spending, in particular Defense Department funding for things like radar, semiconductors and what became the Internet. Everybody was happy about that. Now maybe the Valley is returning the favor, building out the future of defense. The happiness of this has yet to be determined. As John Markoff writes, Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter just paid his fourth visit to the Valley. Fittingly, he spoke near Google’s headquarters, and talked about the importance of putting artificial intelligence, or A.I., in our nation’s weapons. He was speaking at something called the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental facility, which was started a year ago in Mountain View, Calif. Technology leaders used…


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