The illegal use of fentanyl is the cause of a health crisis in the United States (EU) and has caused the deaths of thousands of people due to overdose, so the government of that country decided to implement a new strategy by using artificial intelligence to deal with synthetic opioid trafficking.
The secretary of US National Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, and the Director of Artificial Intelligence, Eric Hysenit, reported on February 6 that they were going recruit 50 experts in this technology to combine different equipment and thus face fentanyl trafficking, sexual exploitation and abuse of children, etc.
The specialists to be recruited will be part of a team identified as AI Corps, according to Mayorkas, which belongs to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and will not only recruit experts but also aim to have models and applications in artificial intelligence and machine learning.
In addition, the Department of Homeland Security is seeking experts to provide expertise in artificial intelligence and machine learning, as well as data science, program management, product management, software engineering, cybersecurity, and the safe and responsible use of these technologies. technology.
The initiative to deal with fentanyl trafficking and other phenomena with artificial intelligence will be officially launched next Tuesday in Mountain View, California.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement will present a strategy in which artificial intelligence can improve immigration services. Meanwhile, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will find ways to present new technologies that can be used to provide immediate humanitarian aid in disaster cases.
Hysen pointed out that recruitment is fast because the implementation of this technology is urgent due to the problems that the United States is going through, such as the consumption and trafficking of fentanyl.
The use of artificial intelligence contributed to 420 drug seizures
The use of artificial intelligence was launched by the Department of Homeland Security in some missions before this announcement. One example is the machine learning model used by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to identify suspicious patterns in vehicle crossings.
CBP used that model to identify a vehicle carrying more than 75 kilograms of various hidden drugs. Machine learning helps customs officials identify suspicious vehicles and passengers that should be referred for secondary examination.
This technology helped CBP make 420 seizures of cocaine, methamphetamine, and fentanyl last year. In the case of combating sexual abuse and online child exploitation, Operation Renewed Hope was implemented, a strategy with artificial intelligence to protect children from these crimes.
Thanks to this technology, the Department of Homeland Security has identified more than 300 anonymous victims of sexual exploitation and found the perpetrators with a learning model that enhances the images, which allows for the identification of new signs.
The US government has announced that it will implement artificial intelligence to prevent the sale of fentanyl since last year, when it strengthened the measures after many deaths and users in that country. In April 2023, Alejandro Mayorkas announced the creation of a working group to examine how technology can be used to combat the illegal entry and distribution of opioids.
The secretary reported that they will use artificial intelligence to find shipments of fentanyl, identify and seize the flow of chemical precursors, and find the nuclei of criminal organizations to dismantle them.