The US military is once again experimenting with technologies that look like they have stepped out of the pages of a cyberpunk novel or a classic dystopia. This time, one of the seven unified commands of the US Armed Forces tested how far artificial intelligence at the current level of technology is able to predict the future.
The results of the recently completed experiment, of course, are unknown, the military only reported the very fact of the event, some details about it and named the purpose. And she is very ambitious - to develop an information system that allows predicting the development of the operational situation for several days ahead with a high degree of reliability. How far the American army specialists in the field of artificial intelligence have gone is anyone's guess.
The Internet publication The Drive writes that the experiment called "Global Information Dominance" (abbreviated - GIDE, translated as "guide" or misspelled "guide") was carried out by the US Northern Command (NORTHCOM). Interestingly, this is the third event of this kind in a row, held at such a high level in recent years.
Within the framework of GIDE 3, all channels of information available to the military were used: from "classic" intelligence provided by field officers and all branches of the military, to information received by Earth remote sensing satellites (both in optical and radio ranges) and an extensive network of water sensors (in including bottom), air and ground based. In addition, some of the data came from unnamed commercial partners - this can be interpreted as using the resources of IT corporations like Amazon, Google and Microsoft, coupled with the market for personal information for advertising campaigns.
All available means were also used as incoming and outgoing channels - secure and public communication lines, wired, radio, cellular, as well as satellite (including Starlink and older technologies). All this colossal amount of data in real time was analyzed by a cloud-based system based on artificial intelligence. Its task was to provide options for the development of events in a given region with a certain degree of reliability and for as long as possible.
Of course, the military was unlikely to predict the future for a few days ahead. But no one expects such an impressive result so quickly. Experiments like GIDE 3 are carried out in order to understand, even before the advent of a full-fledged technology, how to work with it in an optimal way and what areas of its application to count on. In fact, what NORTHCOM employees did in mid to late July was the development and improvement of existing specialized analytical groups, consisting of ordinary people, for several decades.
As part of any major military operation, the analytical units of the US Armed Forces form special teams of specialists. They must, separately from the intelligence and headquarters, in a short time analyze all available data and action plans in order to see in advance the options for the development of further events.In other words, this partly shifts the need to assess all the imaginable outcomes of the actions of individual units from commanders to a greater number of heads. That additionally broadens the horizons of the headquarters.
Now the military wants to add a wider field of view, far beyond human capabilities - available only to artificial intelligence. Moreover, NORTHCOM did not reinvent the wheel and took the hardware and software solutions already created by individual branches of the armed forces. They were pooled and pitted against even larger datasets. In any case, whatever result the command achieved, its leaders were more than satisfied. And this is an unpleasant sign for any likely adversaries of the United States.