IARPA in the News

NetworkWorld

Getting computers to think like humans has been a scientific goal for years – IBM recently said it found a way to make transistors that could be formed into virtual circuitry that mimics human brain functions. It is technology like that that the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) is looking to develop as well.

Nextgov

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency wants “to create a new generation of machine-learning algorithms derived from high-fidelity representations of cortical microcircuits to achieve human-like performance on complex information processing tasks” under a project dubbed Machine Intelligence from Cortical Networks or MICrONS.

BBC

A small group of people have a surprising knack for correctly predicting the course of world events – and you could be one of them, says David Robson.

The Global Change Forum

Global change alters the distribution of species on Earth. It has, it will. Biogeographers typically discuss these shifts in light of conservation, biological invasion and agriculture. However, these are not the only contexts in which the shifting geography of life matters.

Trajectory Magazine

SciCast, a research project led by George Mason University (GMU) and sponsored by the U.S. government aims to take forecasting and predictive analytics to the next level. As the largest crowdsourcing forecast project in science and technology, SciCast strives to predict the future outcomes of popular science and technology topics.

Intelligence Community News

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), which operates under the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), issued a Request For Information (RFI) on May 30 that seeks information from companies that could examine the feasibility of using existing genomic databases to determine the “geographic provenance” of a metagenomic sample.

Wall Street Journal

In the future, virtual reality won't require strapping a bulky contraption to your head.

Instead, imagine stepping into an empty room and then suddenly seeing life-size, 3-D images of people and furniture. Or looking down at a smartwatch and seeing virtual objects float and bounce above the wrist, like the holographic Princess Leia beamed by R2-D2 in the movie "Star Wars."