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Anne Hoey and John Benton discuss artificial intelligence in the military

Over fifty years ago, scientists began to discuss the possibility of designing a pseudo brain that worked at the capacity of a human brain, and the field of artificial intelligence (AI) was born. Although they brutally underestimated the complexities associated with such a task, they were right about the array of conceivable uses—especially by the United States military. Two scientists who partook in the golden era of AI research  in the 1980s, Anne Hoey and John Benton, formerly of the Center for Artificial Intelligence (CAI) in the United States Army Topographic Engineering Center (TEC), have agreed to share top secret information with Berkeley Science Review.

Blurring the line between man and machine

Human beings are a wonderful species, indeed. We’ve got the ability to think critically in difficult situations, to be flexible in the face of great adversity and challenge, and to create systems that were previously unthinkable. Our brains seem to be nature’s ultimate machine, a unique network of neurons in a storm of electrical activity. This fantastic assemblage of complex components has been the sole occupant of the throne of “consciousness” (whatever that is) for thousands of years now. However, our tenure as the known universe’s only sentient beings may be coming to an end.

This concept was recently discussed in an article in The Atlantic. Written by Brian Christian, a bona-fide flesh-and-blood human (honest), it covers one of the oldest questions facing humanity: what makes us special?