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AI arms race: US to deploy $1.5bn to compete with China

Austin vows to develop autonomous systems 'the right way'

Aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, a sailor serves as the Sea Combat tactical watch stander during Fleet Synthetic Training - Joint exercise in December 2020. FST-J is an exercise that brings together multiple units from across the globe to train together in a virtual environment. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy)

WASHINGTON -- Since the Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, began shaping the so-called "first wave" of artificial intelligence in the 1960s, the U.S. has been leading the world in AI adoption.

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