What keeps Dan Coats up at night?
National intelligence director tells during Purdue stop
By Dave Bangert, Lafayette Journal & Courier
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – In a room of people spending a day sorting the ethical and logistical aspects of artificial intelligence, analytics and war, Dan Coats, U.S. director of national intelligence, assured that the nation’s capability to collect and go through data “is unsurpassed by any ally or adversary.”
That said, the former U.S. senator and representative, during a stop at Purdue, told the room that the difficulty has been in keeping up with it all, processing, analyzing and deriving meaning in ways to prepare policy-makers for the decisions they need to make.
“Our collection of data has improved so much over the years that we continue to be challenged in a very critical area,” Coats said. “We’re running the risk of just simply being buried under all of it.”
That, he said, remained one of his department’s priorities, one that, when solved, would be “a leap that will give us a win bigger than Purdue’s 49-20 defeat of Ohio State” at Ross-Ade Stadium last October.
Coats was on campus for a keynote talk, followed by a chat with Purdue President Mitch Daniels, during the Symposium on Ethics, Technology and the Future of War and Security, a daylong event put on by Purdue’s Discovery Park and the Purdue Policy Research Institute.
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