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China Plans to ­se AI to Boost the Thinking Skills of Nuclear Submarine Commanders

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An AI decision-support system would reduce the commanding officers' workload and mental burden, the senior scientist says.

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China is planning to enhance its nuclear submarines' computer systems with artificial intelligence (AI) to augment the potential thinking skills of commanding officers, according to a senior scientist involved with the program. The researcher says submarine commanders' workload and psychological burden would be reduced by an AI decision-support system with "its own thoughts."

Using convolutional neural networks, the AI system could process a large volume of data that could come from the Chinese navy's increasing observation networks, the submarine's own sensors, or daily interactions with the crew. The scientist, who requested anonymity, thinks the AI assistant could support commanders by assessing the battlefield environment, provide insight into how saline levels in the ocean and water temperature might affect the accuracy of sonar systems, and identify and flag threats from an enemy faster and more accurately than human operators.

One priority is ensuring the AI can follow and understand complex and fluctuating underwater operations.

From South China Morning Post
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