SparkCognition teaming with British Army on artificial intelligence applications

Austin, Texas-based cognitive computing firm SparkCognition recently undertook a project with the British Army to develop potential avenues for artificial intelligence (AI) in military applications, with their collaborative efforts stressing operational simplification.

SparkCognition provides platforms for monitoring and assessing real-time data for risk reduction and disaster avoidance. Together with the British Army and Ministry of Defense, SparkCognition said in a release it will develop machine learning for military use, with the assistance of RED Scientific, a British company specializing in technical support and consulting for government entities.

"Military operations must always anticipate the next step," Wendy Anderson, who recently joined SparkCognition as general manager of defense, said in ghe release. "Given the close alliance between the U.S., and the U.K., it makes sense to work together to tackle the global issue of AI applications in warfare."

SparkCognition serves clients in the energy, natural resource, manufacturing and finance sectors, as well as aerospace, defense, telecommunications and security fields.

"We live in an era of constant competition in a security environment that is constantly evolving and is increasingly complex, dynamic and unstable," Col. James Cook, assistant head of strategic concepts for the British Army, said in the release. “To be successful, it is essential the British Army continues to be forward-looking and technologically advanced, ready for the challenges of the future, both at home and overseas. … This collaboration will help ensure that the British Army continues to stay at the cutting edge of evolving technologies."



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