Energy Department weaves AI into mission-critical work

“The Energy Department, in all aspects of its work, is turning to artificial intelligence to accelerate its output.

DOE’s Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response (CESER) is using artificial intelligence to monitor threats to the electric grid. Its inspector general is looking at AI to flag potential fraud.

Fred Streitz, the chief AI scientist in DOE’s Artificial Intelligence and Technology Office, said all of the agency’s offices are using AI at some level, and said the use cases are getting more advanced.

‘It’s going to touch everything, in the same way that electricity now touches everything that happens. We believe that AI is going to wind up touching, in some way or another, almost every aspect of our lives going forward,’ Streitz said last week at an AI conference hosted by the National Defense Industrial Association…”

“But as DOE weaves AI into all aspects of its mission, the stakes become higher, and the need to ensure AI-powered work is transparent and reliable becomes greater. The National Nuclear Security Administration, for example, uses AI to assess data as part of its non-proliferation work.

‘Increasing use of AI in mission-critical areas where there are real-world consequences, we are working toward that. It’s a direction we need to go because of the inherent advantages of using these AI technologies to exactly do something like create a more resilient grid, but trustworthiness is an important component of that, and that’s another piece of research that’s being done actively,’ Streitz said…” Read the full article here.

Source: ‘It’s going to touch everything.’ Energy Department weaves AI into mission-critical work – By Jory Heckman, March 31, 2021. Federal News Network.

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