IARPA in the News

ReliaWire

When the brain reads or decodes a sentence in English or Portuguese, its neural activation patterns are the same, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have found.

The study is the first to demonstrate that different languages have similar neural signatures for describing events and scenes. By using a machine-learning algorithm, the research team was able to understand the relationship between sentence meaning and brain activation patterns in English and then recognize sentence meaning based on activation patterns in Portuguese.

The Cipher Brief

Defending and securing a nation and its people would be much easier if those tasked with the job were psychics, like the precogs in Steven Spielberg’s 2002 thriller Minority Report. Turns out, that futuristic reality may not be too far-fetched. To that end, Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) – founded just a decade ago – is trying to figure out how to predict the future.

Signal

Over the next five years, Sandia National Laboratories will oversee the brain replication work of three university-led teams who aim to close the computer-human gap in object recognition....The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA)—the intelligence community’s version of DARPA—this year launched the Machine Intelligence from Cortical Networks (MICrONS) project, part of President Barack Obama’s BRAIN Initiative.

Scientific American

Behind every successful forward-looking decision stands a good prediction.... This is why the IARPA, a research arm of the U.S. intelligence agency, funded a large scientific study in crowd prediction.

Successful Farming

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The Rockefeller University

No single neuron produces a thought or a behavior; anything the brain accomplishes is a vast collaborative effort between cells. When at work, neurons talk rapidly to one another, forming networks as they communicate. Researchers led by Rockefeller University’s Alipasha Vaziri are developing technology that would make it possible to record brain activity as it plays out across these networks.

Learning & Development Professional

Imagine that you could dramatically improve your firm’s forecasting ability, but to do so you’d have to expose just how unreliable its predictions – and the people making them – really are.