Military Embedded Systems

AI in warfare book released


December 12, 2018

Mariana Iriarte

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

AI in warfare book released

AUSTIN, Texas. At this years' Time Machine 2018 (TM18) conference, SparkCognition officials released a new book titled: ?Hyperwar: Conflict and Competition in the AI Century,? a collection of essays by defense and emerging tech leaders that addresses the role of artificial intelligence (AI) in warfare today and in the future.

"Artificial intelligence will fundamentally change the way we wage war," stated General John R. Allen, USMC (Ret.) in a SparkCognition release. "With sophisticated AI systems, the speed of warfare will increase to a pace we are currently unable to anticipate. In the Hyperwar era, speed will define a country's dominance in battle, and we cannot risk lagging behind."

The book “addresses the global race for AI dominance in defense and national security and provides approaches to how U.S. leaders in policy and military can prepare for the new era” according to SparkCognition.

The book highlights the ethical, operational, technological, and professional aspects of utilizing AI for war. The book features essays from:

  • Amir Husain, Founder and CEO, SparkCognition; author of "The Sentient Machine: The Coming Age of Artificial Intelligence"
  • General John R. Allen, USMC (Ret.); Executive Board Member, SparkCognition
  • Robert O. Work, Distinguished Senior Fellow For Defense and National Security, Center for a New American Security (former CEO); former Deputy Secretary of Defense
  • August Cole, Creative Foresight, SparkCognition; author of "Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War"
  • Paul Scharre, Senior Fellow and Director of the Technology and National Security Program, Center for a New American Security; author of "Army of None: Autonomous Weapons of the Future and War"
  • Dr. Bruce Porter, Chief Science Officer, SparkCognition; two-time Chair of the University of Texas at AustinComputer Science Department
  • Wendy R. Anderson, General Manager, Defense and National Security, SparkCognition; former Chief of Staff, U.S. Department of Defense
  • Jim Townsend, Adjunct Senior Fellow, Transatlantic Security Program, Center for a New American Security

SparkCognition hosts the Time Machine conference every year to promote discussions of the future of AI and “helps to develop a vision for the field of AI through talks with executives, professors, and industry leaders,” SparkCognition states.

Time Machine 2018 featured speakers included Chief Information Officer, Ted Colbert from Boeing; Data Scientist, Anna Chaney from IBM Watson Applied Research; Admiral Bobby R. Inman, USN (Ret.); and Colonel Jennifer P. Sovada, Special Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance for the Pentagon.


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