The tech industry has software tools that can pore over a thousand images per minute and identify objects with 99-percent accuracy. The Pentagon badly wants this technology, and sees it as essential to military combat capability as bombs and missiles.
“How can I leverage the innovation happening in AI?” asked Gen. Stephen Wilson, vice chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force.
The military and intelligence agencies have sought to bring artificial intelligence into areas like data mining and autonomous vehicles. But the demand is outpacing the supply. Human analysts are overwhelmed by the information fire hose of drone footage and satellite imagery, and machines have shown they can perform better than people in many tasks.