April 19, 2024
CIA is revolutionizing investigations with its own AI bot

CIA to Boost Open-Source Intelligence with New AI Tool, Say Agency Officials

The United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is reportedly planning to develop and deploy its own AI bot, inspired by ChatGPT, for investigative purposes, as indicated in a Bloomberg report.

The CIA aims to provide its analysts with this new AI tool to enhance their access to open-source intelligence, allowing them to sift through publicly available information to identify leads in their investigations.

Agency officials have expressed their intention to introduce this tool in the near future. According to Randy Nixon, the director of the CIA’s open source enterprise, the agency has transitioned from relying on traditional sources like newspapers and radio to more modern mediums like newspapers and television, newspapers and cable television, the basic internet, and big data. This move comes in response to criticisms about the CIA’s slow data processing methods for public information.

Bloomberg’s report reveals that the new tools will provide users with the ability to trace the original sources of the information they access and will also feature a chat function.

Nixon explained, “Then you can take it to the next level and start chatting and asking questions of the machines to give you answers, also sourced.” The report, however, does not specify the model the CIA is employing to build its new tool or the privacy safeguards in place. Nevertheless, Nixon emphasized that the agency closely adheres to U.S. privacy laws.

This tool is expected to be accessible to all 18 U.S. intelligence agencies, including the CIA, National Security Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and various military-run agencies. This development follows similar initiatives from other government entities that have recently confirmed the use of AI.

For instance, on September 12, Gary Gensler, the Chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), informed the U.S. Senate about the current utilization of AI tools within his department to monitor the financial industry for signs of fraud and manipulation.

In a speech delivered on July 17, Gensler expressed his support for AI tools, noting their potential benefits for SEC staff in various areas, including market surveillance, disclosure review, exams, enforcement, and economic analysis.

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