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Active jobs relating to generative artificial intelligence (AI) in the aerospace and defence sector have increased by 114% month on month, GlobalData’s Job Analytics Database reveals, up from the month-on-month increase of 106% reported on 23 July.

Concerns around AI’s potential to compound and enhance methods of warfare have precipitated a spike in job hirings around the technology.

The spike in generative AI jobs comes amid global discussions around how best to regulate the technology. Aerospace and defence sector experts are monitoring the situation closely given recent developments in AI-enabled drones and medical military units.

AI in defence was also a topic of debate at the Nato summit in Vilnius, Lithuania (July 11-12). Member states pledged to accelerate “our own efforts to ensure that the Alliance maintains its technological edge in emerging and disruptive technologies to retain our interoperability and military edge, including through dual-use solutions.”

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This builds on previously agreed defensive strategies for “artificial intelligence and autonomy”, outlined in the summit communiqué.