Pentagon research chief: AI is powerful, but has critical limitations

Defense ITPentagon research chief: AI is powerful, but has critical limitations By Mark Pomerleau May 04, 2016 Artificial intelligence has gained serious traction within the technology community as a solution for complex problems, though the head of the Pentagon’s top research arm is cautioning against it as a panacea.  “At DARPA today when we look at what’s happening with artificial intelligence we see something that is very, very powerful, very valuable for military applications, but we also see a technology that is still quite fundamentally limited,” Arati Prabhakar, director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, said at the Atlantic Council on May 2.  One example Prabhakar provided as a critical limitation is in image analysis. While artificial intelligence and machine learning systems are statistically better than humans at identifying…


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