The UK Ministry of Defence has released a new Joint Concept Note on Human and Machine Teaming which proposes keeping “a register of security-cleared UK nationals” with artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics expertise. The document outlines what the MoD sees as the future of national defence, where AI and machine learning (ML) are critical to its capability. The UK, it says, needs to focus on developing an industrial and research base in artificial intelligence and robotics, but believes there are shortages in the skillsets required of ‘qualified experts.’ A very good article on V3 explains the Note simply, and states that “… the Ministry wants to make sure its own experts … can understand what they’re being told by contractors. As the MoD, and defence departments worldwide, have to buy AI systems from commercial companies, that is vital to ensure that budgets are spent responsibly. That’s where the proposed register comes in, as a list of security-cleared experts who could help the MoD understand the technology behind the hype; much the same as the cybersecurity experts that GCHQ (UK Government communications intelligence service) can call upon.” Read the full article here.

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