Artificial Intelligence at Core of Marine Officers’ ‘Big Ideas’ for Future of Force – USNI News

artificial intelligence at core of marine officers’ ‘big ideas’ for future of force – usni news


A team of 10 Marines is mulling how to take major technology developments and apply them to the combat missions, as part of a Naval Postgraduate School-hosted series of online TED talk-styled presentations.
Artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, virtual reality and other technological advances are at the center of the “Big Ideas Exchange.” The goal is moving the most promising idea from the theoretical to the practical as quickly as possible.
Several students said they drew inspiration for their thinking about the “future character of naval warfare” from Marine Corps Commandant Gen. David Berger’s 2019 guidance to the Marine Corps.
Citing the guidance, Col. Randolph Pugh, senior Marine Corps adviser at NPS in Monterey, Calif., said the students’ “Big Ideas” presentations are meant to not only stimulate thinking but also to facilitate moving the most promising ideas from thought to practice to doctrine.
Past exchanges have produced several ideas now being used. Capt. Courtney Thompson’s 2019 presentation on combat load affecting mission outcomes had an immediate impact in the 2nd Marine Division. Division Commanding General Maj. Gen. David Furness was quoted in the latest edition of Phalanx, a publication of national security analysis, saying they have applied the research to how “ …


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Can Artificial Intelligence Help Against Coronavirus?

can artificial intelligence help against coronavirus?


Flattening the curve. Slowing the spread. I have yet to read — or hear — anyone say we are trying to stop the coronavirus virus. To beat it. The closest has been a news commentator saying that if everyone stopped in their tracks, six feet apart from everyone else, the spread of the virus would end immediately.
Of course, that is not going to happen. So we deal with realities. We try to predict who will get the virus; make diagnoses as quickly as possible; identify who will respond to therapy. In the absence of a well-proven treatment, we want to know who has the best chance of survival and should, therefore, get a ventilator.
These are not questions to be taken lightly. Amazingly, we don’t have the answers. Any of them. It is a stunning illustration of how little we know about the future of our species and the uncertain times in which we live — humbling hallmarks of a pandemic that fell on us suddenly.  
That artificial intelligence (AI) has become a beacon of hope should come as no surprise.
A Flurry of AI Reports
Since the outbreak began, there has been a flurry of reports published about how AI …


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Enterprises Facing Up to The Challenge: Security for the Internet of Things

enterprises facing up to the challenge: security for the internet of things


Share this:Read Gordon Feller take a look at the security aspects of the Internet of Things on Technology Networks :Just a few years ago, Samsung’s first push into providing smart solutions was marked by an expensive and complex “Internet of Things City” at the vast Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Digitally-powered innovations were prominently featured. Samsung has continued to showcase new products and services at CES each year, alongside hundreds of other companies, to the evident delight of many of the 180,000 attendees gathered in Vegas. CES in 2020 was no different, although this year there were some strong notes of hesitation.Read his full article here.Related


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Council Post: How Artificial Intelligence Can Lighten The Load For Customer Service Representatives

council post: how artificial intelligence can lighten the load for customer service representatives



Over the last decade, experts have predicted that AI would make up the bulk of the current workforce. The World Economic Forum estimated that by 2025, humans would only make up 48% of the workforce, whereas digital workers would account for 52%. Although Accenture’s model showed that the risk of not adopting AI would be much greater than the risk of early adoption, it was based on an upbeat economic climate. With good returns on equity, companies have had little reason to galvanize radical change. Why fix something if it isn’t broken?
This has all changed, however. COVID-19 broke things. Economies stalled. Consumer spending dried up. Revenues tanked. Enterprises have started looking at new ways of doing things to simply survive the current situation. In this market, employing AI-powered digital colleagues doesn’t sound nearly as scary when enterprises need radical change to get out of this valley. This is particularly true when looking at deploying AI for customer service roles.
Customer Service Shortage
Even before this pandemic, enterprises were well versed in the difficulty of sustaining good customer service with seasonal variances in load. The demand for customer service has spikes, and the humans servicing calls can struggle to …


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IoT standards for container connectivity launched – Port Technology International

iot standards for container connectivity launched – port technology international


The Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA) has published Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity interface standards for shipping containers.

The standards
have been published in conjunction with DCSA’s nine member carriers.

The new guidelines
can be implemented by vessel operators and owners as well as ports, terminals,
container yards, inland logistics providers and other third parties to ensure
interoperability between smart container solutions at the radio interface

With these
standards in place, carriers and supply chain participants will be closer to
providing customers with an uninterrupted flow of relevant information
regarding the whereabouts of containers and the status of their contents at any
point along the container journey.

The new
standards are the first of three planned IoT standards releases addressing the
connectivity requirements for reefer and dry containers, as well as the RFID
registration of these containers.

releases will focus on data structure and handling, physical device
specifications as well as security and access management.

Bagge, CEO of DCSA said, “This release is an important step in enabling mass
deployment of smart containers and forms the foundation of a group of standards
that will address the industry’s most critical container use cases. Once
implemented, our …


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All you need to know about symbolic artificial intelligence

all you need to know about symbolic artificial intelligence


Image credit: DepositphotosThis article is part of Demystifying AI, a series of posts that (try to) disambiguate the jargon and myths surrounding AI.
Today, artificial intelligence is mostly about artificial neural networks and deep learning. But this is not how it always was. In fact, for most of its six-decade history, the field was dominated by symbolic artificial intelligence, also known as “classical AI,” “rule-based AI,” and “good old-fashioned AI.”
Symbolic AI involves the explicit embedding of human knowledge and behavior rules into computer programs. The practice showed a lot of promise in the early decades of AI research. But in recent years, as neural networks, also known as connectionist AI, gained traction, symbolic AI has fallen by the wayside.
The role of symbols in artificial intelligence
Symbols are things we use to represent other things. Symbols play a vital role in the human thought and reasoning process. If I tell you that I saw a cat up in a tree, your mind will quickly conjure an image.
We use symbols all the time to define things (cat, car, airplane, etc.) and people (teacher, police, salesperson). Symbols can represent abstract concepts (bank transaction) or things that don’t physically exist ( …


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