As Silicon Valley employees continue to protest over their employers selling AI products to the U.S. military, the military is still seeking to invest money on AI technology. The Project Maven team, the Army Research Lab, and the Defense Department’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center will host tech firms later this month in Maryland, where the government will analyze private demonstrations.
According to federal contracting data, large techies like IBM, Intel, Oracle, GE, as well as defense company Raytheon, have expressed their interest in showing off their AI for the military. While AI giants like Microsoft, Google, and Amazon are absent from the list. The military is seeking to help organizing and standardizing its data, tools to generate AI algorithms, and infrastructure to test and deploy those algorithms. Some of the military’s uses are similar to commercial applications for AI, such as predictive maintenance and translation, while other use cases include analyzing drone footage and force protection that means mitigating potential threats to the military. Project Maven, particularly, is focused on such tech that autonomously extracts information from still or moving imagery.
Meanwhile, smaller tech companies from outside the Silicon Valley are also contending for government contracts. Descartes Labs that uses AI to scrutinize satellite imagery is planning to attend the industry day and present a demo. Descartes Labs’ government programs director, Steven Truitt said that his company plans to discuss a super-computing platform for the intelligence community and defense information awareness missions. As per the contracting documents, 42 tech firms are interested in attending the event, in which 6 businesses are owned by veterans.