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Pentagon Drafts AI to Fight Wildfires

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A helicopter drops water on a California wildfire.

The Pentagon said it is using its push into artificial intelligence to find ways to improve how wildfires are fought.

Credit: Josh Edelson/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

The Pentagon has launched a program to use artificial intelligence (AI) to analyze data collected by drones to improve how wildfires are fought.

The program is one of two efforts unveiled by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) reflecting the agency's new AI strategy to work with academia and industry to fast-track adoption of advanced data-management techniques.

One project use algorithms to assess still photo and video imagery to predict the paths of wildfires and improve efforts to contain them.

The second project uses data from sensors on helicopters used by special-operations forces to predict when the vehicles might require maintenance.

Future initiatives will include cyberspace-related problems, and addressing labor-intensive back-office functions, as part of broader efforts to improve efficiency at DoD.

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