AI is crucial to US national security according to presidential candidates

Two United States presidential candidates have spoken about the importance of artificial intelligence when it comes to national security. During a Democratic debate this week, Pete Buttigieg and Andrew Yang called for a greater focus on this type of technology.
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AI is becoming increasingly important when it comes to modern national security. Photo: Abundary

Attacks are growing

Cyberattacks continue to increase in numbers. Furthermore, they are becoming more intricate and tough to deal with. AI is continuing to help security operations stay on top of incoming threats. AI provides instant insights to fight millions of potential threats, which drastically reduces response times.

Venture Beat reports that during this week’s debate, Pete Buttigieg spoke of his concern in regards to the US’ lack of attention to the technology.

“If we fall behind on artificial intelligence, the most expensive ships that the United States is building just turned into bigger targets,” he said, as reported by Venture Beat.

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Pete Buttigieg claims that the current government is not doing enough to support the use of AI when it comes to national security. Photo: Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons

A matter of foreign policy

Buttigieg’s fellow party member Andrew Yang echoed his frustration. He said that the US could lose the AI arms race to China because the Asian country has more access to data. He furthers that the Chinese government is putting billions of dollars to work that subsidizes the development of AI. Whereas the US doesn’t offer the same amount of support.

Yang continued to state that the US is 24 years behind on technology. He also called for a reform on the global attitude to data. Ultimately, he wants a new world governing body to monitor it as it can be so volatile.

“I want to propose a new world data organization, like a WTO for data, because right now, unfortunately, we’re living in a world where data is the new oil and we don’t have our arms around it,” he said.

Andrew Yang
Andrew Yang is making technology a priority when it comes to his policy during his presidential campaign. Photo: Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons

Modern warfare

A draft report by the National Security Commission on AI (NSCAI) delivered to Congress earlier this month highlighted the US’ lack of investment when it comes to national strategy. The document highlights the lack of underspending by the Department of Defence and mentions potential algorithmic warfare down the line.

“I want to propose a new world data organization, like a WTO for data, because right now, unfortunately, we’re living in a world where data is the new oil and we don’t have our arms around it.”

Meanwhile, former Google Cloud chief scientist and Stanford professor Dr. Fei-Fei suggests that the state should spend $120 billion on AI over the next 10 years. She claims that the failure to make such an investment could lead to implications within the economy or national security.

Altogether, the advancement of AI is being stressed in all forms of industry, not just security. Leaders in journalism, sports, education, and manufacturing are all turning to the tech for better processing.

Do you think that the United States needs to ramp up its investment in artificial intelligence? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section.

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