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Artificial Intelligence

In a memorandum earlier this month, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus outlined his goal to integrate robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) into the Fleet. Ideally, the Navy would develop systems that can act autonomously – not necessarily free-thinking, like the popular conception of AI. Mabus implied that automated robotics and advanced decision-making could shape future warfare, and called on the Navy to capitalize on “recent private sector advances in fields such as machine learning, natural language processing, ontological engineering, and automated planning for naval applications.” Several Navy R&D projects could be primed for system autonomy, including the recently tested unmanned carrier-launched aircraft (UCLASS), the unmanned underwater vehicle (LDUUV), and the “Swarmboat” unmanned surface vessel. See: http://news usni org/2015/06/15/navy-to-accelerate-artificial-in- telligence-development-for-warfighting-support-roles

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