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Artificial intelligence is progressing rapidly and is now a focus of the American military and intelligence services. Historically, innovation in the defense industry has been defined primarily by hardware. The next generation of warfare, however, will be driven by software working in concert with hardware, particularly artificial intelligence.

Shield AI is a defense technology company that builds AI systems, starting with fully autonomous quadcopters that collect data in dangerous environments and protect military personnel and civilians. Shield AI’s Hivemind software is an AI pilot for military and commercial aircraft that enables aircraft to perform missions ranging from room clearance to penetrating air defense systems and dogfighting F-16s. Hivemind employs algorithms for planning, mapping, and state estimation to enable aircraft to execute dynamic flight maneuvers and uses reinforcement learning for the discovery, learning, and execution of winning strategies. The company has contracts with the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security.

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