Of course, AI systems are not only about porn pictures and advanced Internet search, but also about weapons. Mlitarnyi with reference to the Drive writes about the testing of the experimental target recognition system based on artificial intelligence Advanced Targeting and Lethality Aided System (ATLAS).
Journalists of The Drive drew attention to the photos of M1 Abrams with an interesting set of sensors. These photos of the tank appeared on the website of the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service (DVIDS) only on February 13, 2023, but they were taken as early as November 5, 2022.
The photo caption said the military teamed up with engineers and scientists from the Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C5ISR) to test prototypes being developed as part of the ATLAS program.
The ATLAS targeting system uses advanced sensing technologies and machine learning algorithms to accelerate target acquisition and identification. In addition, ATLAS can suggest the type of weapons and ammunition that should be used for these purposes. In total, ATLAS allows crews to engage three times as many targets in the same amount of time.
The ATLAS system consists of optical sensors located on the body of a tank or IFV and additional PCs inside the vehicle that process images using AI. That is why additional cooling systems for PCs can be seen in one of the pictures.
ATLAS began to be developed in the summer of 2020. Already in October 2020, the integration of the system with the promising General Dynamics Land Systems Griffin I combat vehicle was shown. ATLAS is currently being tested on a main battle tank.
And while the fire button is still being pressed by a human, Skynet seems to be getting closer.