Embedded in the Department of Defense’s (DoD) new strategy is the need for trustworthy data and ethical principles. So, how can agencies extract data of this caliber to support the strategy’s overall mission? The answer lies in embracing humility in artificial intelligence (AI).
According to a recent whitepaper, “As AI systems proliferate, it’s not enough just to be accurate anymore. The cutting edge must evolve beyond the hunt for pure accuracy to encompass the qualities and technologies that result in a more responsible, ethical, and trustworthy system. In the high-stakes and high-value settings where AI is being applied, we need systems whose behavior we can fully explain and whose outcomes, in specific instances, we can exercise control over.”
The new strategy, published on October 8, 2020, focuses on accelerating the DoD’s transition to a data-centric organization. It emphasizes the need to use data to build and maintain a warfighter advantage. And central to the framework are the concepts of ethics and trustworthiness as it pertains to data.
But how do ethical and trustworthy data apply to warfighter advantage? To start, the AI models that analyze and make predictions on weapon use and other components of combat will likely have areas of weakness. Often, there are issues with data quality that affect the veracity of a prediction or model. In warfighting, where precision and total confidence is mandatory, humility in AI enables the platform user to augment the model with human expertise.
“The success of the DoD’s new strategy is contingent on humility in AI,” explains DataRobot Public Sector General Manager, Chad Cisco. “ With humble AI, model predictions are analyzed and can be modified, using human intelligence, to further ensure warfighter advantage. This is especially critical in high-stakes environments, like the war zone, where precision is needed as circumstances fluctuate.”
DoD’s new data-driven strategy will further solidify the importance of data as a strategic asset. Beyond that, it will emphasize the importance of trustworthy and ethical data, which is extracted when humility is injected into AI. Because AI models can be flawed, the users behind the AI platform must be active participants in decision-making, especially as it pertains to warfighter advantage. Working in tandem, AI and human intelligence hold the key to a stronger and more accurate warfighting posture that prioritizes the safety of today’s service members.
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