IARPA in the News 2014

GovTransformer

While the Intelligence Community (IC) is often portrayed in a negative spotlight in the media, it is actually a quiet driver of new innovations that support our national security efforts.

The Atlantic

Several years ago, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency got wind of a technique called transcranial direct-current stimulation, or tDCS, which promised something extraordinary: a way to increase people’s performance in various capacities, from motor skills (in the case of recovering stroke patients) to language learning, all by stimulating their brains with electrical current. The simplest tDCS rigs are little more than nine-volt batteries hooked up to sponges embedded with metal and taped to a person’s scalp.

NBC News

Get ready for a new generation of intelligent photo filters that do more than just tint your shot. A program created by Brown University computer scientists lets you choose from dozens of attributes to tweak — making a rainy day sunny, for instance, or making a dull photograph more "mysterious." All it takes is a single command, and the program figures out the rest.

 

Science

Fast control of a strong optical beam by a few photons is an outstanding challenge that limits the performance of quantum sensors and optical processing devices. We report that a fast and efficient optical gate can be realized in an optical fiber that has been engineered with molecular-scale accuracy.

Federal Computer Week

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) is looking for ways to measure brainpower, with an eye to understanding how an individual might adapt to future job demands.