The RHATT Pack Watch
Today is Saturday, October 20th, Day 178 of the Rhatt Pack Watch.
Although almost unnoticed over the past several weeks, a team of scientists and engineers from the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) have been in and around Hamilton County conducting tests, making measurements and gathering data as part of its quest for breakthrough technologies and capabilities to ensure our national security.
Part of a multi-billion dollar program, addressing next generation Artificial Intelligence (AI), DARPA has been evaluating a technology that could be used in future combat situations to improve targeting and eliminate civilian casualties.
Beginning in the 60’s DARPA helped create the 1st generation of ‘rule-based’ AI systems. While a critical step forward, 1st generation AI systems were capable of narrowly defined tasks only. By the 90’s, DARPA was heavily involved with Second generation AI systems that resulted in statistical pattern recognize rs from massive amounts of data including natural language understanding, problem solving, navigation and perception technologies. This has led to the development of personal assistants, self-driving vehicles, near natural prosthetics, and more systems capable of contextual adaption. Simply put DARPA wants to explore how machines can acquire human-like communications and reasoning capabilities, with the ability to recognize new situations and environments and adapt to them.
Since AI systems lack “common sense” learning and decision making, Dave Gunning, DARPA’s program manager, has initiated a parallel effort involving human “common sense learning” and now it can be integrated into 2nd generation AI systems. With this in mind, DARPA is searching for and investing in technologies which encompass administrative infrastructural, support and combat system and can benefit from 3rd generation AI System advances.
DARPA’s team of scientists and engineers have been conducting tests, gathering and analyzing “ground truths” data and evaluating whether and how much Amazon’s recently developed neutrino DNA detector/analyzer could benefit from DARPA’s 3rd generation system advances. Further they are trying to determine the level of benefit possible during combat situations.
As you’ll recall, Amazon and Space X teamed up to develop and place in orbit an advanced package tracking and guaranteed delivery system based on detecting, identifying ad locating the package recipient using the neutrino flux from his/her DNA. Since every element, every chemical and every compound will emit a unique neutrino range of viable applications that could be useful to national security. While the DARPA representatives provided public comment, observers indicate in addition to gathering data from a reasonable number of individuals, including several who appeared to be closely related (i.e. relatives should have closely related DNA neutrino fluxes), they appeared to be testing neutrino flux identification from a variety of military technologies and systems. There is no word on whether or when the DARPA team might return.