…the might of U.S. forces will be measured as much by the advancement of their algorithms as by the ammunition in their arsenals. And so as it seeks to develop the technologies of the next war amid a technological arms race with China, the Defense Department has steadily increased spending in three key areas: artificial intelligence, big data and cloud computing, according to a recent report.
Not a surprise, the spending in these areas increased to $7.4 billion last year versus $5.6 billion in 2012. The question, then is, is this enough? From the porousness of our current infrastructure, the ease with which our enemies can infiltrate our society – Russian meddling in elections for example – this will need some serious investment and more importantly, commitment from politicians for are increasingly less savvy about science and technology.
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