In order to investigate how the military may use commercial technology to create AI capabilities it can trust and control while balancing the DoD’s need for control with AI developers’ need to protect trade secrets, the Pentagon is conducting a conference on “trusted AI and autonomy.”
The Pentagon is set to host a conference on “trusted AI and autonomy” to explore the Defense Department’s ability to rely on AI across future missions. The conference will focus on how the military can adopt commercial tech to build AI capabilities it can trust and control, while also developing its own military-specific applications of commercial technologies. The DoD’s desire for control sits uneasily with AI innovators’ desire to keep trade secrets, but the conference will look to reconcile this issue. The DoD recognizes that it needs to fast-follow and own the technical baseline of these technologies. The conference will discuss topics like cybersecurity, command systems, and the Pentagon’s policy directive on the control, reliability, and ethics of autonomous weapons.