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CIA launching AI tool for intelligence agencies

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September 26, 2023

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is preparing to launch an artificial intelligence (AI) tool that will help analysts quickly examine public information.

The new tool is similar to ChatGPT, agency officials said, according to Bloomberg. The CIA’s Open-Source Enterprise division will roll out the new tool for intelligence agencies soon.

“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 Randy Nixon, director of the division. “We have to find the needles in the needle field.”

The agency’s tool will give users the ability to see the original source of information, Nixon noted, adding that the tool will include a chat feature in order to expedite distributing intelligence.

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“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 said. “Our collection can just continue to grow and grow with no limitations other than how much things cost.”

Eighteen agencies within the U.S. intelligence community will have access to the new tool, including the CIA, National Security Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation and military agencies.

The tool will not be available to the public or policy makers.

“The scale of how much we collect and what we collect on has grown astronomically over the last 80-plus years, so much so that this could be daunting and at times unusable for our consumers,” Nixon said, adding that the tool will facilitate a process “where the machines are pushing you the right information, one where the machine can auto-summarize, group things together.”

This was a breaking news story. The details were periodically updated as more information became available.