Federal News Network

The intelligence community is looking for what it calls tools and technologies for rapid capabilities against the pandemic. And it’s calling on industry and academia for proposals. Promising ones will get seedling awards to develop them further. Federal Drive with Tom Temin turned to the deputy director of research at the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, Dr. Catherine Cotell, for details.

 

USC Viterbi School of Engineering

Biometrics systems like iris scanning or fingerprint recognition are no longer fantastical concepts of a distant sci-fi future. From iPhone fingerprint authentication to facial recognition systems in airports, it’s safe to say that the future is very much right now...."As these advantages make more people and institutions want to adopt the technology, they also allure some people to find holes in the technology, sometimes just for the sake of amusement.”

 

Bloomberg Business Week

People who get paid to make forecasts say there’s only a 9% chance that there will be a widely available vaccine for Covid-19 before next April. That’s according to Good Judgment Inc., a company that maintains a global network of forecasters to make predictions for clients based on publicly available evidence.

 

Science Blog

It could be argued that scientists create superpowers in their labs. If Aram Galstyan, director of the Artificial Intelligence Division at the USC Viterbi Information Sciences Institute (ISI) had to pick just one superpower, it would be the ability to predict the future. ... For the past two years, Galstyan has led a group of researchers at ISI on a (IARPA-funded) project named Synergistic Anticipation of Geopolitical Events, or SAGE, to attempt to predict the future using non-experts.

The University of Melbourne

SWARM technology has brought together the country’s leading experts from Australian universities to work on our recovery after COVID-19.... We were tasked by the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, a division of the US Office of the Director of National Intelligence, to find a way to improve the quality of analytic reasoning in intelligence reports