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Palantir has won a US Army contract worth $178.4 million to house a battlefield intelligence system inside a big truck. In what purports to be the Army's first AI-defined vehicle, Palantir will provide systems for the TITAN "ground station," which is designed to access space, high altitude, aerial, and terrestrial sensors to " …

  1. Pascal Monett Silver badge

    "battlefield AI"

    Oh yeah, I can just see it now : a soldier holding down suppressing fire in some sandistan, and all of a sudden his Augmented Reality pops up a "Do you want mustard gas with this ?".

    1. Fruit and Nutcase Silver badge

      Re: "battlefield AI"

      In the case of Mustard Gas, there is a theraputic use and a battlefield use. The theraputic case being the cytotoxicity which is useful as a cancer treatment

  2. cyberdemon Silver badge


    Put a "child" mannequin on a trolley pulled along by string and see if it "survives" being seen by an armed drone controlled by TITAN.

    If test data from Gaza is anything to go by, it would be blown to smithereens

    1. An_Old_Dog Silver badge

      Re: Test

      If this system works as described, the enemy will begin routing school buses filled with children through disguised, yet known-to-the-US, war chemicals factories, so the buses will be designated as targets due to guilt-by-association, will be attacked, the children killed, and the enemy will reap pro-them/anti-US publicity.

  3. DJV Silver badge

    They'll probably cross-leak the data from the UK NHS patient data and decide that these are the names and addresses of targets. Then they'll bomb the f*** out of the entire UK!

  4. ecofeco Silver badge

    This has to be a joke

    The is a very bad decision.

    The first thing I thought of was just who do they have dirt on.

  5. I like fruits

    Plenty of Russian "volunteers" for testing

    With 1000+ invaders biting the dust daily we'll happy spare a few dozen for QA tests and demos. Please submit applications ahead of time if any Russian equipment is needed. Russian ships are issued on a first come, first served basis.

  6. Fruit and Nutcase Silver badge


    One dataset is concerned with saving lives, the other dataset is concerned with taking out lives. I guess the net effect will be neutral

    1. CowHorseFrog Silver badge

      Re: Data

      No both datasets are only interested in sucking the government tit for profit.

  7. Fruit and Nutcase Silver badge

    War Crimes

    One hopes the battlefield AI training dataset will undergo appropriate filtering/vetting - lest it acts with impunity - one consolation is if the company then gets hauled at the ICJ for comitting war crimes via their software

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    What some imaging processing could do, say in the Ukraine, is scan images for potential troops or weapons faster than humans could, which is always reviewed by humans with (hopefully) greater contextual knowledge, logic, and an aversion to collateral damage, before taking any action. If nothing else, not filtering the AI would result in a waste of weapons and probably a lot friendly fire accidents as well as collateral damage. For the Ukrainians, constrained by weapon supply and short on troops, that would be important.

    1. CowHorseFrog Silver badge

      Yes the im so fucking courageous that i sit by and do nothing even though im always asking for money for weapons.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Human interaction, for now

      If / when successful, two new use cases pop up:

      * Multiply your firepower while decreasing military personal needed. Why have one fighter / bomber pilot flying a 100+ million dollar plane when you can have 10000 10000 dollar cheap suicide drones with some image recognition, semi intelligence and a small load of explosives or even a few sharp spikes and a good aim towards humans when falling like a (well targetted) brick? When employing swarms, forget about any real human checking of machine output and meaningful human role in deciding which targets are valid. At best there is a "group target" don't attack here / now it's not tactically sound decision by a human.

      Note that to train the skill to fall precise enough at a target from high heights can turn any unarmed reconnaissance drone into an effective battlefield weapon against foot soldiers and civilians / supposed terrorists.

      * Use the combination of drone recognition and mobility to have quick surprise attacks exploiting opportunities.

      When the enemy relies on either speed or masses (swarms), any defence sort of will require the same, meaning 100% fully automated action except for the "go" command.

  9. CowHorseFrog Silver badge

    So many military contracts, and yet when its time to actually do something where is the US military ?

    If theres a women who needs help because she is being attacked, and you spend trillions on military contracts and spy satellites, and yet do absolutely nothing to stop Vlad, whats the point ?

  10. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

    A Prime Time to Reflect is when Vapourware are Wannabe Emperors' New Clothes

    Alex Karp, Palantir’s motor-mouth CEO, said TITAN was the logical extension of Maven, a controversial project in which Palantir is a partner and from which Google [Don't be evil .... Do the right thing] famously pulled out . ....... Lindsay Clark [El Reg]?

    Clearly then, Lindsay, not a great fan of the serial blowhard, Alex Karp, a sheep in wolf's clothing wanting to be a lion amongst donkeys spinning tall tales to desperately sad suckers and badly fcuked up losers with more money to burn than common sense to recognise when they are being scammed and abused as the useful tool that are all useless fools taken on those fantastical magical mystery tours that are helter skelter rides in the reality entertaining and seeking to exploit and expand rocky road horror picture shows ‽

  11. Szymon Kosecki

    There is something comforting and enchanting in a situation, when such a publicly trusted and respectable company gets a military contract for a AI weaponisation. There is absolutely nothing to worry about here as nothing clearly can go wrong with this venture. I do not know about you, but I am opening my best bottle of Château du Cyanure 2019 to be enjoyed with the freshly made Cassautlyoulet.... This will be a great one! /s

    1. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

      New virtually real spaces introduce novel pioneering ethereal leaderships

      Quite so, Szymon Kosecki, it is only natural that AI will weaponise the military with/for contact and contracts for/with publicly trusted and respectable companies.

      How else are extant state actors supposed to engage effectively and competitively and successfully with the renegade rogue and virtual non-state actor trailing and trialing derivative futures in easily realised imaginative fields for market capitalisation if military spending is not captured and captivated rather than continually being wasted on hysterical and historical status quo programs and projects.

      And that very specific genie is not going back into the bottle so the sooner one accepts that new reality the sooner one's suffering and deprivations in past catastrophically failed systemic experiments/new world order operations will end.

  12. Paul 87

    Is anyone else feeling that perhaps Project Insight from the MCU is now an actual DARPA/DoD project?

  13. AbeSapian

    They Did See Captain America: The Winter Soldier, right?

    "Project Insight requires insight."

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