Military Capabilities

US Navy seeks more specialised roles for artificial intelligence

06 February 2018

The US Navy’s top official for unmanned systems wants to see artificial intelligence (AI) research shift from a general approach to more specific roles.

The US military is still a long way from really leveraging AI, but its approach needs to be “recalibrated” away from focus on general machine intelligence, Frank Kelley, deputy assistant secretary of the navy for unmanned systems, said during a 6 February briefing at an Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) defence conference.

He said he would like to see devices with AI that do a few specific things routinely and do them really well, such as unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) for one or two explicit missions.

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