France will take control of artificial intelligence in Europe

PARIS, (BM) – Two French companies are launching an ambitious project to master cyberspace, big data, and artificial intelligence. Thales and Atos are launching a joint venture to develop and offer technology in this area for both military and civilian purposes.

The Joint Undertaking aims first to master the technologies for the internal market and focus its efforts on Europe at a later stage. On Thursday, 27 May, both companies issued statements announcing the joint venture merged under the Athea platform – a “sovereign platform for big data and artificial intelligence.”

According to the two companies, the countries in Europe and, respectively, the government structures of each country are sweating the need for technology to manage a large amount of data – something that is currently lacking. Athea will try to fill this “crack.” According to French companies, the new AI platform will not start from scratch. Still, it will use something already known on the military market – Artemis, the French super technology for providing, processing, and transmitting big data.

According to the French, Athea is a future not only for military dominance in the field of data and artificial intelligence but also an opportunity for innovation in start-ups.

Athea will first focus on the French market tells European analysts that the system will not try to influence other projects currently being developed jointly on the old continent – for example, the Franco-Spanish-German combat air system or the NATO’s joint cloud program (NATO).

According to a representative of the French Thales, Athea could be a solution for NATO and, at the next stage, establish a joint partnership with the countries of the alliance. This possibility comes when NATO will soon publish its plans for the development and development of big data and artificial intelligence systems. This report expects to happen next month.

The US looks for ethical principles in the use of AI

As we reported last year, the Pentagon formally accepted the ethical principles of using artificial intelligence in armaments.

The possibility that artificial intelligence itself will formulate and carry out combat missions shortly is causing fierce debate and criticism of the military in the United States and abroad.

“The United States, together with allies and partners, should accelerate the implementation of artificial intelligence, should lead in its application for national security purposes, to maintain our strategic positions, win the battlefields of the future and defend the rules-based international order,” said in this regard then-Secretary of Defense Mark Esper.

Five basic principles will guide the Pentagon. Artificial intelligence must be “responsible,” “proportionate,” “understandable,” “reliable,” and “manageable.”

The principle of responsibility implies “proper levels of common sense and caution” in the development of military vehicles. Pentagon proportionality refers to the “necessary steps to minimize the unintentional bias” of military vehicles.

Understandable artificial intelligence means that the military will own the technologies and operational skills they need and ensure transparency of procedures and documentation. Reliable artificial intelligence should become given “well-defined functions” and constantly tested during development and operation.


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