Pentagon outlines its first artificial intelligence strategy

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) - The U.S. military wants to expand its use of artificial intelligence in warfare but said it will take care to deploy the technology in accordance with the nation's values.

The Pentagon outlined its first AI strategy on Tuesday. The plan calls for accelerating the use of AI systems throughout the military, from intelligence-gathering operations to predicting maintenance problems in planes or ships.

The report makes little mention of automated weapons but cites an existing 2012 military directive that requires humans to be in control.

The Pentagon hit a roadblock in its AI efforts last year after protests led Google to drop out of Project Maven, which uses algorithms to interpret aerial images from combat zones.

The report follows President Donald Trump's Monday executive order prioritizing AI research across the government.

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