by Karen Faulkner, Worthy News Correspondent
(Worthy News) – Israel has described its recent ‘Guardian of the Walls’ military operation against Hamas in the Gaza Strip as the world’s first artificial-intelligence war, the Jerusalem Post reports. A senior Israeli military Intelligence Corps officer has said artificial intelligence was “a key component and power multiplier in fighting the enemy” during the battle which broke out on May 10 and ended with a ceasefire on May 21.
The 11-day bout of fighting saw Hamas launching thousands of rockets at Israel, and Israel retaliating with intensive airstrikes against Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad targets in the Gaza Strip. While there were civilian casualties on both sides, Israel used artificial intelligence in directing its efforts toward destroying Hamas rocket launchers, rocket manufacturing, production and storage sites, military intelligence offices, drones, commanders’ residences, and a naval commando unit, the Jerusalem Post said.
“This [was] a first-of-its-kind campaign for the IDF,” an IDF Intelligence Corps senior officer told the Jerusalem Post. We implemented new methods of operation and used technological developments that were a force multiplier for the entire IDF.”
According to the Jerusalem Post, the 8200 Intelligence Corps elite unit developed groundbreaking algorithms and code to create new programs called “Alchemist,” “Gospel” and “Depth of Wisdom,” which were used in the battle, the Jerusalem Post reports. “Gospel,” for example, used AI to help the research division of Military Intelligence find key strategic targets for the IAF to strike.
“For the first time, a multidisciplinary center was created that produces hundreds of targets relevant to developments in the fighting, allowing the military to continue to fight as long as it needs to with more and more new targets,” the senior officer said.
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