CIA to Use AI for Easy Access to Public Data

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) plans to implement an AI program to allow for easier access to information.

The move comes as the agency competes with China for AI global leadership.

U.S. intelligence has previously struggled to process large amounts of public data and has not utilized the potential of AI.

“We’ve gone from newspapers and radio, to newspapers and television, to newspapers and cable television, to basic internet, to big data, and it just keeps going,” said the CIA’s Open-Source Enterprise division director Randy Nixon in an interview. “We have to find the needles in the needle field.”

“Then you can take it to the next level and start chatting and asking questions of the machines to give you answers, also sourced,” Nixon added. “Our collection can just continue to grow and grow with no limitations other than how much things cost.”

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence has raised concerns that the CIA may become a commercial marketplace of data, acquiring publicly available private data, including physical locations.

Reporting from The Post Millennial:

The new AI tool will be given to the entire 8-agency US intelligence community, with the CIA, National Security Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and numerous branches of the military all among those who are allowed access. 

Regular citizens and public policymakers will not be able to access the tool.