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The US Pentagon Tests the Potential of Generative AI for Military Tasks

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Updated by Ryan Boltman
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In Brief

  • US Air Force Colonel Matthew Strohmeyer is testing large-language models (LLMs) for military tasks.
  • The military experiments using LLMs for planning responses and generating new options, testing will continue until July 26.
  • While colonel Matthew Strohmeyer said that the AI is not primetime ready, he believes that it could be deployed in the near term.
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As Generative AI steals the limelight this year, one of the US Air Force colonel has been testing it for military tasks.

Of course, Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been beneficial for the armed forces for a long time. But now, the US forces are experimenting with Generative AI.

US Military Plans to Deploy AI Soon 

According to Bloomberg, US Air Force Colonel Matthew Strohmeyer tested the large-language models (LLMs) for military tasks. After giving the first prompt to an LLM model, the colonel described the experiment as highly successful and fast.

LLMs are trained with large chunks of data to generate output in a human-like manner. OpenAI’s ChatGPT and Google’s Bard are examples of LLM.

Read our guide on 21 Best ChatGPT Prompts here.

Strohmeyer further informed that certain information-based tasks might take hours or even days to complete. But in one of the tests, AI completed the military task in ten minutes. Strohmeyer said:

“That doesn’t mean it’s ready for primetime right now. But we just did it live. We did it with secret-level data.”

He believes that the US military could deploy AI in the “very near term.” As a matter of fact, during the testing, they even inputted sensitive information into AI models.

How Would Military Use LLM?

The military would test LLMs till July 26, experimenting if it could help plan the military’s response and generate new options that the forces would not have considered.

Bloomberg mentions that the Pentagon officers have not named the five LLMs used for experimentation. But Scale AI told the outlet that the Pentagon is testing its Donovan product.

Donovan, a decision-making AI for defense, also mentioned on its website that US Army and US Air Force are its customers.

Screenshot from the Donovan website
Source: Screenshot from the Donovan website

On the other front, the US is trying to gain an upper hand against China by planning to restrict AI chip exports. It fears that China might develop more powerful AI and use it to build weapons.

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Harsh Notariya
Harsh Notariya is a journalist at BeInCrypto, who writes about various topics, including decentralized physical infrastructure networks (DePIN), tokenization, crypto airdrops, decentralized finance (DeFi), meme coins, and altcoins. Before joining BeInCrypto, he was a community consultant at Totality Corp, specializing in the metaverse and non-fungible tokens (NFTs). Additionally, Harsh was a blockchain content writer and researcher at Financial Funda, where he created educational reports on...