06 May 2021

How the USPS is deploying AI to help track 7.3B packages a year

The US Postal Service (USPS) has created and deployed a massive operation using artificial intelligence to help track over 7.3 billion packages a year. On average, 20 million packages travel through the USPS system every day, making lost packages difficult to recover. However, through a new Nvidia powered AI program,

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03 May 2021

Renewable Energy Alone Can’t Address Data Centers’ Adverse Environmental Impact

During the Covid-19 pandemic, the world saw a 6% decline in energy-related carbon dioxide emissions as people stopped traveling, commuting to work, and driving in general. However, emissions are already returning to pre-pandemic levels as countries begin to re-open and end lockdown measures. Climate change will still likely have devastating

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26 Apr 2021

Study Shines a Light on Big Tech’s AI Investments

A study released earlier this week indicates that leading private sector tech companies’ investments in artificial intelligence do not ensure that the field will remain competitive. The study was conducted by the Center for Security and Emerging Technology, aiming to map the research agendas of tech giants Apple, Amazon, Facebook,

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19 Apr 2021

Europe seeks to limit use of AI in society

The EU has brought forth new proposals that regulate the usage of artificial intelligence, facial recognition for surveillance, or algorithms that manipulate human behavior. The wide-ranging proposals were leaked ahead of their official publication. The proposal has been criticized for its identification of high-risk AI, but also praised for its

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16 Apr 2021

How State’s Disinformation-Fighting Arm Uses Artificial Intelligence

The State Department’s Global Engagement Center is utilizing artificial intelligence to counter state-sponsored propaganda and disinformation campaigns in other countries that are aimed at undermining the US. Artificial intelligence is incredibly useful to these efforts, according to the center’s Acting Coordinator Daniel Kimmage, and can be used to identify coordinated

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19 Mar 2021

Experts Explore the Need for a National Technology Strategy

Experts in Congress are considering the need for a solidified National Technology Strategy due to concerns over US competition with China within the technology industry. Sen. Mark Warner recently led a bipartisan group of lawmakers in introducing a bill that would effectively establish a State Department Office to work solely

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17 Mar 2021

Lawmakers, Experts, Industry Highlight Need for Ethics After Defense Commission Releases Final AI Report

Experts in technology and security have been highlighting a distinct need for ethics regulations to be put in place after the Defense Commission released its final artificial intelligence report. Former undersecretary of defense for policy Michele Flournoy called the National Security Commission on AI’s final report one of the most

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11 Mar 2021

Updating Defense Intelligence Agency’s Data Base

The Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) currently uses an old system called the Modernized Intelligence Database (MIDB) to store and retrieve information on foreign intelligence – everything from Country order-of-battles (tanks, airplanes, etc.), infrastructures (runways, ports, etc.) to general foreign military capabilities. They will replace it with a system called the Machine-Assisted Analytic Rapid-Repository System (MARS). As they do, will they leverage the great capabilities of American industry or seek to code things themselves?

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03 Mar 2021

U.S. is ‘not prepared to defend or compete in the A.I. era,’ says expert group

According to a group of experts chaired by former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, the US is drastically underprepared for the next era of artificial intelligence technology. The National Security Commission on AI released a massive 756-page report on Monday detailing how China will likely replace the US as the world’s

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22 Feb 2021

The OODA Almanac – 2021 Edition

As a logger and holstein farmer, my grandfather was heavily dependent on the weather for his livelihood. Each year, he purchased a copy of the Old Farmer’s Almanac and it was kept in an easily accessible reading spot for reference. Taken on a day by day basis, the Farmer’s Almanac was not the greatest of guides, but if you took it on a month-by-month basis it claims about an 80% accuracy, which was more than enough to guide generalized decisions about logging and farming environments in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom.

The OODA Almanac proposes to identify those topics and patterns we see having significance in 2021 to guide your short and long-term decision making. Over the course of 2021, we will continue to inject additional observations on these topics into our analysis or as stand-alone tidbits of observed intelligence (OODINT).

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