IARPA in the News 2016


With Americans increasingly using fingerprint recognition to secure everything from smartphones to U.S. borders, impostors are inventing some pretty creative ways to fake out biometric readers....A 4-year project just launched to develop artificial intelligence that should automatically detect spoofed fingertips, facial images and irises.

Government Technology

It’s not yet clear whether quantum computers will be a niche technology or universally applicable. But some in government clearly are aware of quantum computing's potential, given the Nov. 8, 2015 announcement by IBM that Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), an organization within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, awarded the company a multi-year grant to continue researching the building of quantum computers.


Led by IARPA and a part of the larger BRAIN Initiative, the MICrONS (Machine Intelligence from Cortical Networks) project seeks to revolutionize machine learning by reverse engineering algorithms of the mammalian cortex.

Puget Sound Business Journal

Currently, computers have capabilities to do speech recognition, recognize faces and help analyze big data for biomedical research. But, in many ways these technologies are still primitive and do not learn the way real brains do, said Andreas Tolias, an associate neuroscience professor at Baylor.


Of all the fast and powerful computers in the world, our brain remains by far the most impressive. Now an interdisciplinary team of scientists, led by Baylor College of Medicine, aims to reveal the computational building blocks of our brain and use them to create smarter learning machines.... The program supporting this research is known as Machine Intelligence from Cortical Networks (MICrONS) and was envisioned and organized by Jacob Vogelstein, a neuromorphic engineer and program manager with IARPA.