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S2. E2: Beyond Buzzwords: The Realities of Generative AI in Defence
Episode 221st September 2023 • Warfighter Podcast • Warfighter Digital
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Well, we said we’d come back to the topic of AI and do a deeper dive into the subject. Since Generative AI sprung into our collective consciousness earlier this year, the hype hasn’t really died down. So we are pleased to explore the impact of the technology with someone who has direct experience of implementing AI into defence projects - Rob Albritton from OctoLab, which was recently acquired by IBM.

Rob provides an explanation of what generative AI means, and how it differs from other machine learning technologies, and why it matters to defence. He then talks us through his experience in deploying generative AI on defence projects, sharing his views on where it can add value as well as some of the pitfalls.

We wrap up the discussion with some real insights into some of the challenges and risks of deploying this technology - such as the problem of model ‘drift’ and the challenge of applying it to safety critical applications. 

This episode is a must if you're still confused by a lot of the buzzwords and terms surrounding generative AI.




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