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  • Writer's pictureSarah Ruivivar

CIA's AI Tool: A New Era of Intelligence Gathering

Updated: Dec 11, 2023


The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is stepping into the future with a new artificial intelligence (AI) tool, designed to enhance their ability to sift through the vast amounts of public information available. This move mirrors the functionality of OpenAI Inc.’s renowned program, offering analysts improved access to open-source intelligence.


The CIA’s Open-Source Enterprise division is spearheading this initiative, with plans to provide intelligence agencies with this AI tool soon. Randy Nixon, director of the division, highlighted the evolution of information sources and the need to find the "needles in the needle field."


This development is part of a wider US government campaign to utilise AI power and compete with China, which aims to be the global AI leader by 2030. The tool will allow users to trace the original source of the information they’re viewing, with a chat feature to enable quick intelligence distribution.


The AI tool will be accessible across the 18-agency US intelligence community, including the CIA, National Security Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation and military-run agencies. However, it will not be available to policy makers or the public. The CIA has not disclosed the model underpinning this new tool or how it plans to prevent information leakage onto the open internet.


The intelligence community's goal of using open-source information has raised privacy considerations. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence has expressed concerns about intelligence agencies purchasing vast amounts of data about individuals, including location information from mobile phones.


The CIA's new AI tool is a significant step towards modernising intelligence gathering, offering a more efficient way to process the ever-growing amount of information available.



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