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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.

In the ensuing five decades, AI has moved from machines carrying out human-programmed rules to statistical learning, the second wave, and now to a third wave that brings forth machines that understand and reason in context.

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