As fires get larger and more dangerous, various government and private agencies have turned to AI to detect, and potentially predict wildfires. The National Guard has been carrying out reconnaissance flights in California during the late summer and fall for the pew years, but now the drones used to carry out these flights have received upgrades with AI algorithms intended to automatically generate maps of fires within a particular region. Creating fire maps is an incredibly difficult process that requires data analysis to map constantly changing fires as they move over rugged terrain. Both air and ground observations are used to make fire maps, and fire maps are typically only updated once every day or so. Large fires can move as far as 15 miles during a single day, as witnessed by some of the fires this fire season.
"November 8th is National STEM day and we honor the dedication, creativity, and passion of JAIC's science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) professionals who drive our AI capability delivery forward." The Department of Defense stands at a rare moment of historical significance. Just as in 1957 when the world was caught off-guard as we watched Sputnik launch into space, our nation must again align our STEM capabilities to our national defense needs. We have entered a time when AI technologies will transform not only society, but the very character of warfare. Our country's leadership role is dependent on our next-generation STEM expertise.
"The JAIC is working to bring critical AI detection technology to the first responders who bravely battle wildfires. Increased use of AI will reduce response timelines, increase situational awareness, and save more American lives." Last year's California wildfire season was the deadliest and most destructive in United States history. More than 8,500 fires burned across nearly 1.9 million acres in the state of California and resulted in more than $16.5 billion in damage. Cumulatively, the wildfires were the costliest natural disaster of 2018, as well as one of the deadliest.
From New York National Guard: "A bomb disposal robot, piloted from a distance, examines a downed drone with explosive material tethered to it during training." Looks like that bomb was ... frozen in its tracks. Look, I'm not going to beat the lede from the New York National Guard, so here it is in full: The remote-controlled robot bumped across the divots of the grassy field until it reached the downed toy drone. Its camera gazed up and down as it examined the explosive device nearby, in a Taylor Swift lunch box tethered to the drone. The drone, the robot, the lunch box, and the explosive device were part of an exercise called Raven's Challenge.