The 1983 film WarGames portrayed a young hacker tapping into NORAD's artificial-intelligence-driven nuclear weapons' system. When the hit movie was screened for President Reagan, it prompted the commander in chief to ask if it were possible for the country's defense system network to be compromised . Turns out it could. What they didn't talk about was the science fiction of using AI to control the nation's nuclear arsenal. It was too far-fetched to even be considered. Until now.

At Def Con , seven AI bots were pitted against one another in a game of capture the flag. The DARPA-sponsored event was more than just a fun exercise for hackers. It was meant to get more researchers and companies to focus on autonomous artificial intelligence. As part of the Department of Defense (DoD), DARPA is tasked with making sure the United States is at the forefront of this emerging field.

While the country may currently be mired in a ground wars against insurgents and extremist groups, the DoD is looking at future skirmishes. The department's long-term artificial intelligence plans are focused more on conflicts with countries like Russia, China and North Korea than terrorism. "Across the military services and the leadership we see people really starting to focus on the next generation of capabilities if we are to deter -- and defeat if necessary -- not the kind of terrorist organizations we've been dealing with but the peer adversaries," DARPA Director Arati Prabhakar said.

The 1983 film WarGames portrayed a young hacker tapping into NORAD's artificial-intelligence-driven nuclear weapons' system. When the hit movie was screened for President Reagan, it prompted the commander in chief to ask if it were possible for the country's defense system network to be compromised . Turns out it could. What they didn't talk about was the science fiction of using AI to control the nation's nuclear arsenal. It was too far-fetched to even be considered. Until now.

At Def Con , seven AI bots were pitted against one another in a game of capture the flag. The DARPA-sponsored event was more than just a fun exercise for hackers. It was meant to get more researchers and companies to focus on autonomous artificial intelligence. As part of the Department of Defense (DoD), DARPA is tasked with making sure the United States is at the forefront of this emerging field.

While the country may currently be mired in a ground wars against insurgents and extremist groups, the DoD is looking at future skirmishes. The department's long-term artificial intelligence plans are focused more on conflicts with countries like Russia, China and North Korea than terrorism. "Across the military services and the leadership we see people really starting to focus on the next generation of capabilities if we are to deter -- and defeat if necessary -- not the kind of terrorist organizations we've been dealing with but the peer adversaries," DARPA Director Arati Prabhakar said.

Title: Fighting the Future War

Sub Title: An Anthology of Science Fiction War Stories, 1914-1945

Category: Fiction  /  Fantasy

Fighting the Future War: An Anthology of Science Fiction.


Fighting the Future War: An Anthology of Science Fiction.

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