The U.S. Army Wants AI To Be Able To Read Soldier’s Minds

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The army is investing into brain research to understand how AI can predict our actions and intentions.

As the American military spearheads the development dangerously efficient and autonomous weapons capable of being controlled remotely, the army envisions a future in which human supervision and control of weapons are no longer required, Defense One reports.

“Part of our vision is closing the loop between the system and the warfighter,” said chief of the dismounted warrior branch at Army Research Laboratory Mike LaFiandra at a NDIA event in 2017. He strives to create violent technology capable of acting based on a warfighter's physiology. These technologies would have a symbiotic relationship with soldiers because they have trained together for years.

In a new study published in the journal Science Advances, army scientists presented the material to further the understanding of how machines can understand and act upon an operator's thoughts and intentions based on brain behavior. Their research examined how the brain changes between different states, from "distracted to ordered and aware," and how these states are reflected in the ways that regions of the brain behave and communicate with each other.

The goal of their study was to pave the way for AI to make more effective partners for humans.

“Let’s assume the ability to record brain data and measure brain data has been wildly improved over what we can currently do,” said co-author and senior neuroscientist at the ARL’s Combat Capabilities Development Command Jean Vettel. “Our research is trying to figure out if we can link those brain signals into a better understanding of your intent.”

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