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Intelligence and the microelectronics revolution

The English word ‘intelligence’ has at least two distinct meanings: information (about adversaries or

likely events), and the faculty of understanding. This chapter is about the first of these, that is,

operational intelligence for police, military, or political purposes; about how the microlectronics

revolution can create the second, the faculty of understanding; and about how artificial intelligence

(AI) can contribute to operational intelligence. Unless otherwise indicated by the context the word

‘intelligence’ can be taken to mean operational intelligence rather than the faculty of understanding.