AI Race Highlighted in Recent Meeting of Marine Minds –


Dialectical – Wednesday, June 10th, 2020

Big Ideas Exchange Marines, Col. Randolph Pugh, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. David Berger,

The new breed of American military leaders got together recently to discuss their concept of the new reality for American defense. In most of these scenarios, AI and Deep Learning are integral to their plans. These tools will help personnel train in increasingly realistically virtual reality scenarios. They will direct automated responses to incoming threats. These tools will design themselves, and even the tools that humans might still operate.

The power of the American military relies on its advantage across all potenital spheres, including, and especially, technical advantage. In the age that already is, the nation-state that masters the most effective combination of tech might very well be the new Empire of the 21st Century. The United States hopes to hold on to that title, and to do so they’re going to need the powerful discoveries made by their paid folks and their designed folks (their idea enhancement tools, their AIs and whatnots) to remain hidden behind virtual vaults with physical weapons protecting them.

This nation-state cost on the democratized development of tech has never in human history been more pronounced than it is right now. At a time when the potential for development outside of expensive labs has never been greater, even cheaper, nation-states find themselves having to lock down the democratic emergence of tech for fear that their nation-state competitors will gain a technological edge that might deliver more effectively and with far more damage, destructively physical blows to your property, your people, and your legitimacy to rule.

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Artificial Intelligence at Core of Marine Officers’ ‘Big Ideas’ for Future of Force

A team of 10 Marines is mulling how to take major technology developments and apply them to the combat missions, as part of a Naval Postgraduate School-hosted series of online TED talk-styled presentations.

Artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, virtual reality and other technological advances are at the center of the “Big Ideas Exchange.” The goal is moving the most promising idea from the theoretical to the practical as quickly as possible.

Several students said they drew inspiration for their thinking about the “future character of naval warfare” from Marine Corps Commandant Gen. David Berger’s 2019 guidance to the Marine Corps.

Citing the guidance, Col. Randolph Pugh, senior Marine Corps adviser at NPS in Monterey, Calif., said the students’ “Big Ideas” presentations are meant to not only stimulate thinking but also to facilitate moving the most promising ideas from thought to practice to doctrine….

Past exchanges have produced several ideas now being used. Capt. Courtney Thompson’s 2019 presentation on combat load affecting mission outcomes had an immediate impact in the 2nd Marine Division. Division Commanding General Maj. Gen. David Furness was quoted in the latest edition of Phalanx, a publication of national security analysis, saying they have applied the research to how “we arrange our gear and how we determine what we will carry into battle.”

This year’s presenters are “the first generation knowing the internet” as a fact of daily life, said Pugh, who is also the associate dean of research at NPS. They ask questions such as, “why are we still following the antiquated procedures” instead of seeking new answers, he said. They are looking to AI and virtual reality for answers to age-old questions….

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