DARPA Wants to Teach Computers How to Think

The government’s first obsession was to find as many ways of collecting data as possible. In this pursuit, however, they’ve become entirely overwhelmed with information, and are running out of analyst manpower.

The Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) intends to rememdy this shortage of labor by creating a tool that will not only collect data, but will analyze it too. So how does the government plan on accomplishing this mighty task?

The plan is to get a team of mathematicians to create a new language for all of the military’s machines and technology to communicate with one another. They also intend to build complex formulas and algorithms into the language so that the machines can not only communicate with each other, but also learn from the data they collect and be able to analyze it without the need for human interaction.

The language, or at least the name for the project, is the Mathematics of Sensing, Exploitation, and Execution Program, and DARPA is set to release a prototype in about three and a half years.

This is starting to sound a bit familiar, almost like it was taken directly out of a Terminator movie, where the machines are taught how to think and learn, and eventually decide for themselves that they don’t need humans after all.

Hopefully DARPA takes this fear into consideration and decides to create a kill switch for this technology; just in case…

(Via Wired) / (Image by ewen and donabel, licensed under Creative Commons)

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