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US begins to employ artificially intelligent spies

Posted: 12 June 2017 | By Darcie Thompson-Fields

US intelligence agencies are beginning to build artificially intelligent spies according to National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency director, Robert Cardillo.

Cardillo announced his drive towards automation and AJ at a conference last week in San Antonio. The annual conference, hosted by the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation, brings together technologists, soldiers, and intelligence professionals to discuss national security threats, changes in technology, and data collection and processing.

“A significant chunk of the time, I will send [my employees] to a dark room to look at TV monitors to do national security essential work,” Cardillo, head of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGIA) told reporters. “But boy is it inefficient.”

Cardillo referenced recent advances in artificial intelligence that give algorithms the ability to analyse vast amounts of images and video to find patterns and identify unusual objects. NGIA has hired former Findyr CEO Anthony Vinci to develop this machine learning.

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