On Tuesday, the experts briefed lawmakers about AI’s applications in cyberspace during a hearing of a Senate Armed Services cyber subcommittee.
- The experts were Microsoft Chief Scientific Officer Eric Horvitz, Google Cloud AI Director Andrew Moore, and Georgetown CSET Senior Fellow Andrew Lohn.
- Lohn told lawmakers that the U.S. is the innovation leader in AI and has companies providing a “huge leg up.” However, China has been making gains, he said.
- Horvitz agreed that the U.S. leads in science but “these days technical advances spread around the world like lightning.”
- Similarly, Moore said the U.S. is ahead but “losing ground” in AI. He expressed the most concerns about organizational structures and management, which will require changes for massive-scale and superhuman automation.
- The experts and lawmakers also discussed the use of AI at the Pentagon, which some critics have argued has been slow to adopt AI.
- America’s adversaries “are going to use AI against us, so we must use AI to defend against them,” said Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.).
- Moore congratulated the Pentagon’s new chief digital and artificial intelligence office and its new head, former Lyft machine learning executive Craig Martell.
- It will bring about success to have a “centralized effort to put an artificial intelligence strategy across the whole DOD,” Moore said.