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Earlier this week, WIRED spoke with Heather Wilson, the secretary of the Air Force. She was just finishing a visit to Carnegie Mellon University, which has developed a special relationship with the service. We spoke about the Air Force's new Science and Technology Strategy, which was announced earlier this month, as well as their new initiatives in artificial intelligence, surveillance, and space. We unfortunately did not have the opportunity to discuss whether the allied forces of the living had misused their tactical air power advantage in the battle with the Night King.
Nicholas Thompson: Secretary Wilson, hello. Thank you for talking with WIRED.
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Heather Wilson: Nick, thanks for doing this. Just as a little bit of background, Carnegie Mellon is one of our strongest research partners. In 2016 the Air Force established a six-year agreement with them on trusted swarming and autonomy. Then in the fall of 2018, we established a center of excellence here in human-machine teaming and trust. Now we think the next step in implementing the Science and Technology Strategy is to place airmen in the hubs of activity. And in the case of Pittsburgh, that is autonomy and robotics. So Pittsburgh will be one of the places where the Air Force puts a cell of airmen, based on our long partnership with Carnegie Mellon, focused on autonomy and robotics.
NT: And those airmen will be at Carnegie Mellon or elsewhere in Pittsburgh?
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HW: They will be at Carnegie Mellon.
NT: What exactly will they do?
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HW: Well, there’s a variety of things. One is to get the operator’s perspective to the researchers. Carnegie Mellon has about 250 researchers on faculty, doing some kind of search and artificial intelligence or machine learning. So it’s a massive faculty. They also have probably three dozen robotics companies already located in the city of Pittsburgh, who...
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