Secret Pentagon programs could see AI scanning through huge amounts of data to look for signs of an imminent missile launch. The research is highly classified, and is another sign of growing US interest in AI.
While the sensitive nature of the research means it is still shrouded in secrecy, multiple Department of Defense sources told Reuters that several programs are currently underway, all aimed at using artificial intelligence to anticipate and warn of enemy missile launches.
Computer systems would scour through vast amounts of data, such as drone footage or satellite imagery, much faster and more accurately than humans. In one pilot program focused on North Korea, AI is used to locate and track mobile missiles that can be hidden in tunnels, forests, and caves. AI then assesses whether the activity constitutes an immediate threat, and alerts commanders.