The global artificial intelligence network is coming into view.
The U.S. military is preparing its next round of experimentation by deploying not just troops, but code.
Millions of lines of code to achieve what military leaders call ‘decision dominance’.
While the term may be new, I am very familiar with the concept because I saw it beginning to take shape during my years overseeing the integration of emerging technologies and learning methods into training for the Canadian Army.
National defense is often where new technologies and leadership techniques take root before being adapted into the private sector, and through my four decades of service, I witnessed the steady adaptation of techniques and tools that increased speed, range, convergence and situational awareness.
This is about more than how far and how fast a missile can fly; this is about how far and how fast a military commander can survey the field and know they have an accurate and complete view of the situation. A decade ago this might have taken hours; today the goal is to achieve it in seconds.
That’s where the convergence piece comes in – and that’s the work of networks.
Networks accelerate access to information and the bigger the network the farther its range.
To achieve defense dominance, the U.S. military is racing to bring together multiple sources of information to give it that global view, of land, sea, air, space and cyber (digital). They call it Project Convergence 21, PC21 in military-speak, and its goal is to use artificial intelligence (AI) to connect digital and emerging technologies to create an all-seeing Joint All-Domain Command and Control strategy for monitoring and responding to threats.
This year, it’s focus is American data sources; in 2022 the plan is to test it with allies, including Canada.
Welcome to the knowledge century, where decision dominance will be determined by who has the fastest ability to source, analyze and act on massive amounts of data.
Now, I’m an old army guy so I’m used to scanning the horizon for potential friends or foes.
Business isn’t that different. It seems like almost every week we are reading about new players, new technologies and new configurations taking shape in our industry and in the industries we serve.
In the past month, we’ve noted big shifts in energy, mining, insurance and urban development. Later in April we’ll be attending and pitching at the virtual Collision Conference where we’re expecting to hear about other big changes across all economic sectors.
I expect we’ll interact with a lot of people who’ll ask us some version of the same question: what do you sell?
I’ll tell them 3D Planeta makes bleeding-edge geospatial technology.
Then I’ll pause and add but what we offer is decision dominance.
And that’s what you need. That’s what everyone needs.
Welcome to the age of AI.
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