CIA reveals Spacenet ‘AI in the sky’ that could constantly monitor activity on Earth via high resolution satellites

It sounds like something out of a sci-fi film – an AI that constantly monitors the Earth, looks for unusual activity.

However, CosmiQ Works, a division of the CIA’s venture arm, has revealed SpaceNet, a project with Amazon, satellite mapping firm DigitalGlobe and chip firm Nvidia to train algorithms to work out what’s happening on our planet.

The project will create a giant online database of hi-res images that AIs will be able to use to teach themselves – and started with images of Rio during the Olympics.


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