Artificial Intelligence May Put Spies Out of Work, Too

❝ If Robert Cardillo has his way, robots will perform 75 percent of the tasks currently done by American intelligence analysts who collect, analyze, and interpret images beamed from drones, satellites, and other feeds around the globe.

Cardillo, the director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, known by the acronym NGA, announced his push toward “automation” and artificial intelligence at a conference this week in San Antonio. The annual conference, hosted by the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation, brings together technologists, soldiers, and intelligence professionals to discuss national security threats, changes in technology, and data collection and processing…

❝ The fear that artificial intelligence will take over jobs, or fail catastrophically along the way, is palpable in the intelligence community as well, and Cardillo admitted that the workforce is “skeptical,” if not “cynical” or “downright mad,” about the prospect of automation intruding on their day-to-day lives, potentially replacing them.

❝ The coming revolution in artificial intelligence has been hyped for years, often falling short of expectations. But if it does happen, analysts worry they’ll become obsolete.

Cardillo, who called it a “transforming opportunity for the profession,” said he’s working on showing the workforce that artificial intelligence is “not all smoke and mirrors.” The message he’s sending to workers at the agency is that the goal of automation “isn’t to get rid of you — it’s there to elevate you.… It’s about giving you a higher-level role to do the harder things.”

So, not to worry. The government has got your back. Or some other part of your anatomy!

One thought on “Artificial Intelligence May Put Spies Out of Work, Too

  1. Roomba says:

    The automation revolution, where most of our jobs are replaced by robots has hit a snag: a Knightscope K5 security bot appears to have fallen down some stairs and drowned itself in a water feature. https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2017/07/knightscope-k5-security-bot-drowned/ “Security guard,” along with fast-food and factory workers, is fairly high up the list of jobs that will eventually be replaced by autonomous systems. That the K5 fell into a fountain after three years of commercial use is a little disappointing from a technological standpoint.
    See also: “Pizza, the unsung agent of the robot revolution. An inside look at the robots taking over Amazon, DHL, Ocado, Mercedes… and Domino’s?” https://arstechnica.co.uk/information-technology/2016/10/the-automation-revolution/

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