U.S. Air Force Secretary speaks on computing and warfare in Rapid City

Published: Jun. 25, 2018 at 9:04 PM MDT
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How does technology affect warfare?

That's what the Secretary of the U.S. Air Force talked about Monday night in Rapid City.

The Journey Museum was packed for Dr. Heather Wilson's lecture on computing in warfare.

She discussed the progress of technology, but she also mentioned the challenges going forward, particularly about artificial intelligence and machine learning where machines teach themselves through practice.

"I think we have legitimate fears, all of us do as civilized society about what happens if people are taken out of the loop, out of the decision-making. One of the points I made was that when it comes to why and then when of the use of force, we still have to have a human moral decision maker and not just leave it up to machines," Dr. Heather Wilson said.

Dr. Wilson will be in Sioux Falls on Sunday speaking to girls who are learning to code and paying a visit to the Joe Foss Field Air National Guard.