The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), in partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), has launched “Digital On-Demand,” a program offering classes in artificial intelligence, big-data analytics, and wireless communications technologies. This initiative, facilitated by the DoD’s Chief Digital and AI Office (CDAO), aims to enhance the digital literacy of both military and civilian members of the DoD, aligning with the department’s increased focus on AI development and ethical implementation.
- Digital On-Demand Initiative: The program provides access to MIT’s online learning resources, focusing on AI, big data, and wireless communications, to both military and civilian personnel in the DoD.
- Goal of Enhancing AI Understanding: The CDAO’s collaboration with MIT aims to develop a foundational understanding of AI and related technologies among DoD workforce members, fostering efficient adoption across the department.
- DoD’s Investment in AI: The initiative reflects the DoD’s significant investment in AI, with a fiscal 2024 budget request of $1.8 billion for AI and over 685 AI-related projects in progress as of 2021.
- Building Trust in AI Technologies: Widespread knowledge of AI’s capabilities and limitations is crucial for its successful implementation within the DoD, necessitating a concerted effort to build trust between humans and AI systems.
- Focus on a Digital Workforce: The collaboration underscores the DoD’s commitment to creating a digitally literate workforce capable of utilizing emerging technologies, particularly in AI, to enhance defense capabilities.