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Better Together: Integrating Artificial Intelligence into Team Cognition

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Technical Report,25 Jun 2018,23 May 2019

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US Army School for Advanced Military Studies Fort Leavenworth United States

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On the battlefield of the future, synthetically made decisions will occur in and around those made by human beings. Artificial Intelligence AI will, in fact, alter the conduct of every aspect of human life. War and how people conceive of it will be no exception to this wave of change. In particular, the framework and methods in which the US Army conceives its way of warfare must adapt to incorporate the strengths of non-emotive intellect with the insight of human emotive thought. Teaming AI with human actors potentially provides a decisive advantage in military decision-making and represents a new kind of cognitive framework and methodology for successful military operations. The proliferation of AI in military applications is already in motion and the subsequent increase in the complexity of operating environments is now inevitable. Just as nuclear weapons served to end World War II and subsequently deter resumption of overt major power conflict during the twentieth century, competitors expect AI to become the most significant aspect of national power in the twenty-first century. This work focuses on the culture of the US Army but is certainly applicable to other corporate cultures. If AI is to be effectively leveraged in the future, and it must be in order to address the almost certain challenges of competitor use, successful incorporation of AI tools requires analysis of existing culture and visualization of both future cultural and technical developments. The United States has an absolute responsibility to achieve and maintain dominance in military applications of AI. Not doing so assumes enormous risk and cedes initiative to enemies actively seeking positions of relative advantage.

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  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Cybernetics

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