WEB Notes: $7.4 billion US tax dollars were spent on big data for the Department of Defense. I think you all are wise enough to understand other departments and government entities will be using this technology as well.

Spurred by a desire to overmatch future foes with modern technology, the Defense Department is boosting investment in core tech areas such as artificial intelligence, big data and cloud computing. While spending in those three areas reached more than $7 billion in 2017 – a 32 percent increase over five years ago – anything short of a technological revolution could threaten the United States, according to a new report.

“Rapid advances in artificial intelligence – and the vastly improved autonomous systems and operations they will enable – are pointing towards new and more novel warfighting applications involving human-machine collaboration and combat teaming,” former Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work, who helped launch the Third Offset military technology strategy, wrote in a new Govini report. “Military revolutions ‘are periods of discontinuous change that render obsolete or subordinate existing means for conducting war.’ The U.S. military can either lead the coming revolution, or fall victim to it.”

Source: DoD spent $7.4 billion on big data, AI and the cloud last year. Is that enough?


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