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The CIA unveils cutting-edge AI tool for open-source intelligence analysis | Digital Watch Observatory

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28 Sep 2023

The agency is developing its own ChatGPT-style tool to revolutionize open-source intelligence analysis.


The CIA is in the process of developing its own AI tool, akin to OpenAI’s ChatGPT, with the goal of improving analysts’ access to open-source intelligence. It also aims to tackle the formidable task of processing the immense volume of publicly available data effectively. The CIA’s AI tool will empower users to trace the origins of information and will incorporate a chat function to expedite information dissemination and respond to queries.

The CIA intends to provide this AI tool to the complete spectrum of the US intelligence community, encompassing entities such as the CIA itself, the National Security Agency (NSA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and various military intelligence agencies. It’s noteworthy that this tool will remain off-limits to policymakers and the general public, with a strong commitment to complying with US privacy regulations.

This initiative is part of the broader endeavour by the US government to harness AI technology to compete with China in the realm of AI. Within the intelligence community, concerns and complexities pertaining to privacy arise in connection with the utilisation of open-source data and commercial data marketplaces. The AI tool’s primary objective is to simplify data analysis and enhance the efficiency of intelligence analysts by automating tasks like summarisation and data categorization.

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