The Pentagon Wants AI-Driven Drone Swarms for Search and Rescue Ops

Pentagon | December 26, 2019

The Defense Department’s central artificial intelligence development effort wants to build an artificial intelligence-powered drone swarm capable of independently identifying and tracking targets, and maybe even saving lives. The Pentagon’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center, or JAIC, issued a request for information to find out if AI developers and drone swarm builders can come together to support search and rescue missions. Search and rescue operations are covered under one of the four core JAIC research areas: humanitarian aid and disaster relief. The program also works on AI solutions for predictive maintenance, cyberspace operations and robotic process automation.

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Kodiak Robotics | December 07, 2022

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Inclusion of Springbrook Software in GovTech 100 List for Third Straight Year

Springbrook Software | February 01, 2023

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Contentsquare Announces Acceptance into the United Kingdom G-Cloud Framework

Contentsquare | November 16, 2022

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