This is the second part to The Space Force Says We Have to Try Human Augmentation.
These AIs could screen humans for military aptitude, even developing specialized training that might include augmented reality, virtual reality, and nerve stimulation. This could result in improved learning retention, making troops better at their jobs.
What if the military could design AI agents that offer advice, including tactics, to military commanders? Mozer uses the example of Google’s AlphaGo Zero AI, which learned the rules of the board game Go and then devised strategies for the game—entirely on its own.
In this future, humans could teach AIs the parameters of friendly military forces, the terrain and other conditions of the battlefield, and information on enemy forces. Then, the AIs could churn out possible ways to beat them.
AIs could take advantage of supercomputing power and modeling simulations to play and replay an upcoming battle a million times in mere hours or days, a process that would take humans years. Then, the AI would advise the human commander of the best of millions of possible battle plans, which the commander could accept or reject.
Mozer argues other countries are proceeding with human augmentation, and the U.S. must follow suit to keep up. In 2020, then-U.S. Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe wrote, “China has even conducted human testing on members of the People’s Liberation Army in hope of developing soldiers with biologically enhanced capabilities.”
While others have pushed back on Ratcliffe’s assertions, it doesn’t seem farfetched that an authoritarian government like China’s, which has implemented technology to limit and surveil its population, would pursue military augmentation technology if it were possible.
The U.S. may follow suit, but it’s up to the American people to decide whether augmentation means biologically enhanced super-soldiers, or an AI whispering in a general’s ear.
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