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The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is set to implement an artificial intelligence (AI) tool, designed to assist analysts in accessing open-source intelligence.

According to Bloomberg, the tool will be used throughout the 18-agency US intelligence community, including departments operated by various military branches.

Randy Nixon, the director of the CIA’s Open-Source Enterprise division, highlighted the evolution of information sources, stating, “We have to find the needles in the needle field.” This AI program will not only allow analysts to view the origins of information but will also enable them to interact with the system and pose questions regarding the content. Nixon elaborated, “Then you can take it to the next level and start chatting and asking questions of the machines to give you answers, also sourced.”

However, caution around the AI’s utility was expressed by the CIA’s chief technology officer, Nand Mulchandani, who described AI as the “crazy drunk friend” at the Billing Cybersecurity Summit. He emphasized that while AI can identify patterns within vast data sets, its findings should be approached with a healthy dose of skepticism.

The CIA has yet to respond to multiple requests for comments.


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