Just yesterday I highlighed new concerns about ChatGPT artificial intelligence being merged into Google Earth satellite imagery for real-time global surveillance. This is of particular concern as the space wars are heating up with nations vying for military supremacy above earth as well as on it.
At the end of yesterday’s article I noted that the only question remaining is how AI is destined to be rolled into the response matrix of warfare, not just the intelligence-gathering aspect. Only a day later and we are getting a better indication of what might be intended.
The United States Central Command (CENTCOM) was established in 1983 and its role has been geographically widening ever since. However, it was the War on Terror that brought CENTCOM global and began the trend toward integrating high-tech systems into its operations. As Defense One reports below, CENTCOM’s current commander, Gen. Michael Kurilla, has been leading the way toward full AI integration into data analysis via drones. It appears that the next level is being explored as Kurilla has just hired the former director of Google Cloud AI, Andrew Moore. Perhaps most importantly, Moore previously worked on the highly controversial Project Maven, which we reported on here.
As you’ll see, the U.S. military continues to highlight their reasoning for these developments as simply a response to what their “adversaries” are already developing. However, anyone who has the least bit of familiarity with the history of the U.S. military-industrial complex would wisely question the origins of this AI arms race. While no explicit mention is made of the role that ChatGPT or other supercharged generative AI systems might play, the first-ever hiring of an “AI guru” does not bode well for those of us who have concerns about the rapid development of autonomous systems of warfare.
CENTCOM Hires AI Guru from Google
Andrew Moore, former director of Google Cloud AI, heads to CENTCOM to bring new approaches to data and innovation.
U.S. Central Command is hiring an AI advisor from Google to accelerate the adoption of emerging technologies across U.S. military services in the Middle East, Defense One has learned.
Andrew Moore has served as general manager and VP for the AI division of Google Cloud, where he was responsible for products such as Vertex AI platform, Contact Center AI, Anti Money Laundering AI, Vertex AI Computer Vision suite and AI applications in logistics, according to a press release viewed by Defense One.
Moore left Google in January to find projects and missions where he could have a big impact, he said in an exclusive interview. That led him to the Defense Department and CENTCOM, where he discussed the role that emerging technology could play with CENTCOM commander Gen. Michael Kurilla.
“CENTCOM, as you know, it’s widely regarded as one of the most forward-looking technological [combatant commands]” he told Defense One.
The command has started several new efforts under Kurilla, including Scarlet Dragon Oasis, to show faster data synthesis. It has also done experiments with the Navy’s 5th Fleet to bring new data collection and analysis online through air and sea drones. Moore said he and Kurilla discussed new, “very very nimble techniques” in finding patterns in data that were coming out of Silicon Valley and the academic community, with the possibility of linking those communities to CENTCOM to find new things in the command’s data.
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