DVIDS – News – “HAI 2.0” – NPS Releases Updated Artificial Intelligence Course, Video Series

Since its beginnings in 1956, the field of artificial intelligence (AI) has strived to build computers that perform intelligent tasks, and eventually intelligent computers. The early days of AI began with a variety of tasks such as checkers and chess, speech recognition, language translation, and word problem solving. Over the years it has progressed to give us automated vacuum cleaners, robot dogs, Siri and Alexa, image recognition, Chess and Go world masters, self-driving cars and self-guided drones.

These technologies also have powerful impacts on naval operations and combat. AI has the potential to revolutionize military technology, capabilities and operations. The possibilities have raised a lot of speculation about what the AI ​​is capable of and if it can be trusted.

The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), seeking to shed light on this topic for the many newcomers to AI technology, has developed a seminar and accompanying video series called Harnessing Artificial Intelligence, or HAI. A popular course among NPS students on campus, the materials are also used by DOD’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC) to support its own education programs.

The video series, updated for 2022, was developed by NPS Distinguished Professor Peter Denning, a leading name in computing. It features 22 lectures by 18 different NPS faculty experts on AI-related topics, including automation, machine types, core applications, strategy, ethics, and the future.

“The field of AI has traditionally claimed far more than it could achieve. This tendency to hype the technology is not without danger to national defense. It prompts planners and developers to expect more than technology can provide,” Denning explained.

“We designed this course to give a clear picture of what AI machines can actually do and the applications in which they have been successful,” Denning continued. “We also discussed the role of AI in geopolitical power competition and the ethical principles our country and others use when applying AI. We concluded with a look at the future of war when AI technologies become an integral part of it.

“We want to give people a solid foundation to understand what these machines are capable of, what kinds of mistakes they can make, and when they can be trusted,” Denning said. “These conferences can dispel the hype.”

“The biggest benefit of the series is providing a basic understanding of concepts that are often overhyped by the news media,” added Neil Rowe, professor of computer science at NPS. “Students are discovering that artificial intelligence doesn’t solve all problems… but it does provide valuable new tools to solve some important problems for the military. We have considerable and unique expertise in artificial intelligence at school, and the course takes advantage of this.

Although NPS students have attended the lectures in person, the education and value they provide reaches across DOD through NPS partnerships with the JAIC. Mathias Kölsch, Associate Professor of Computer Science at the NPS, established a connection between the NPS and the DOD AI Center.

“We realized that this cannot be the only effort to educate the DOD workforce, which means we need to make this a multi-agency effort,” Kölsch noted. “NPS contributes with its own expertise, which is university-level training.”

As technology advances within AI, NPS will look to continue pushing the series forward by updating the talks and videos, which will focus on new trending topics. NPS will also partner with other DOD institutions and civilian sectors to create the best possible content for users, while distributing it to a wider audience.

“I can very well see this video series or the one-on-one lectures being part of a personalized learning program for many DOD military and civilian members during their unique online learning journey,” noted Kölsch. “In addition to that, it should be part of the certificates and other credits, continuing education credits that are required throughout DOD.”

All lectures from both versions of the Harnessing AI series are available for free, along with the course materials, on the HAI course website and the NPS YouTube channel.

Date taken: 02.03.2022
Date posted: 02.03.2022 17:32
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