So right now I'm listening to alivestream from BAH <http://www.defenseone.com/feature/genius-machines-livestream/#register-now> on AI's usage in the military. It's good to get beyond the straight up Terminator-esque fear that is all the rage in policy circles right now. I mean, today you saw an article where people were upset that Google was using TensorFlow and related technologies to recognize objects in drone data. But that same technology is going to make radiologists completely obsolete, and change how biology is done forever.
And of course a few recent meetings have been almost entirely about focusing on cyber as it is used in Russian Information Operations. Facebook is funding Belfer to try to build automated techniques in theory which defeat IO. My new analogy for the policy world to help them understand cyber is that it's the post-Columbian effect on food, when chili peppers conquered the world (except for France). Like, yes, IO and Sichuan food existed before cyber, but when you add the Cyber ops and Chilli peppers to them respectively, they become completely different things. But what you hear now is everyone saying "Hey, we focused so much on CNA we forgot about mass-scale IO!" and you have to remind them that there's going to be something next. If it was me, I'd look at personal-scale IO. I want an AI that automatically finds and recruits Iranian scientists, while minimizing our risk and financial costs. It's just a chatbot with a skype wallet and a securedrop site, right? Let's have an AI send upsetting and believable DeepFake videos to Russian soldiers in Syria at opportune moments, based on our intercept traffic and their vkontakte.ru profiles. The next stage is probably not about mass advertising on social media - it's might be about changing just one mind. Going deeper instead of broader. Whatever it is, it's going to be like any cuisine with Chili's, where all of a sudden the very identity of it changed forever and we can't even remember what the original was like. Who knows? I mean, this is the kind of thing I want to talk about over dinner at INFILTRATE with the P0 people, or with people I've literally never met, who work for a company I've never heard of which probably doesn't exist, in an accent I can't quite place. We should have made this year's motto "The conference for people who are not afraid of the future." or something. Also this year we are innovating by having real coffee carts, so you can order a latte or a cuban coffee, which is what every conference should always have had since half of us are super jetlagged/hungover. :) -dave
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