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U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to Hire 50 AI Experts to Crack Down on Drugs, Child Abuse

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced plans to bolster its capabilities in combating a range of pressing issues, including child abuse, the production of fentanyl, and assessing damage from natural disasters, by recruiting 50 artificial intelligence (AI) experts. This initiative reflects the agency’s commitment to leveraging advanced technology to enhance its homeland security mission.

At an event in Mountain View, California, attended by Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and Chief Artificial Intelligence Officer Eric Hysen, the DHS unveiled its intention to tap into the expertise of leading AI professionals across various domains. Mayorkas emphasized the crucial role that AI experts would play in responsibly harnessing technology, safeguarding against its misuse, and advancing critical homeland security objectives.

While the DHS did not provide detailed specifics regarding the exact tasks of these experts, it highlighted that they would contribute expertise in cybersecurity, data science, and software engineering. This recruitment drive forms part of the broader strategy of the Biden administration to capitalize on the potential benefits of AI while mitigating its associated risks, a realm in which Europe has made significant strides.

One area where AI is already proving instrumental is in combating illegal drug imports across U.S. borders. Through the use of machine learning models, the DHS has been able to identify suspicious patterns in vehicles crossing borders, leading to 240 successful drug seizures. Additionally, AI technologies have been deployed to enhance older images, resulting in the identification of 300 previously unknown victims of sexual exploitation, along with some perpetrators. Moreover, AI aids the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in swiftly and accurately assessing damage to homes and buildings in the aftermath of natural disasters, thereby facilitating more efficient response and recovery efforts.

Overall, the DHS’s initiative to recruit AI experts underscores its commitment to staying at the forefront of technological advancements in addressing critical security challenges, safeguarding communities, and protecting vulnerable populations.


Joan David-Leonhard

Joan David Leonhard is a recent Pharm.D graduate with a strong passion for the pharmaceutical industry and a particular interest in pharmaceutical media and communication. Her brief internship experience includes roles in pharmacy where she built strong patient-pharmacist relationships and a pharmaceutical media internship where she actively contributed to drug information articles, blog posts, social media engagement, and various media projects.
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