04 Jan 2022

The Next Phase of the DARPA Electronics Resurgence Initiative (ERI): The Joint University Microelectronics Program 2.0 (JUMP 2.0)

Last year, we offered an analysis of the DARPA track record of success with semiconductor innovation in collaboration with academia and the private sector, having seeded the field of neuromorphic computing from 2008-2014. This track record of public/private collaboration continues, as DARPA recently announced it has joined a “public-private partnership to address challenges facing microelectronics advancement.” The partnership, the Joint University Microelectronics Program 2.0 (JUMP 2.0), is the next phase of the DARPA Electronics Resurgence Initiative (ERI).

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10 Dec 2021

The Next Commercial Space Industry? DARPA Explores Biomanufacturing in Cislunar Space

When you hear about the commercialization of space, it is not only the efforts of Blue Origin, Virgin Galactic, or Elon Musk’s SpaceX to provide civilian space flights. If DARPA has anything to do with it, there will also be the “development and future realization of biomanufacturing capabilities in space.” The timeline for a private sector role in the commercialization of these biotechnology capabilities is unclear, but DARPA has begun to explore the possibilities the DARPA way.

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25 Oct 2021

Brain-inspired, Light-enabled, Circuit-fueled: Neuromorphic Computing Innovation, Intel’s Chip Platform and Open-Source Developer Ecosystem

Innovation in “semiconductor computational capability, resources and size, weight, and power consumption (SWaP)” is the centerpiece of the five-year, $1.5 billion DARPA Electronics Resurgence Initiative and the $52 billion 2021 CHIPS Act.

Computing architectures drawing inspiration from biological neural systems have been considered for decades. Here is the latest on neuromorphic computing and how the technology fits into the innovation economy.

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16 Jul 2021

Tony Tether On Technology Leadership and Lessons Learned From DARPA

Dr. Tony Tether was the director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, DARPA, from 2001 till his retirement in 2009. In this OODAcast we examine some of Dr. Tether’s formative experiences, including a very unique job he held while awaiting entry to Stanford. He was a door to door salesman and while doing that learned the importance of quickly assessing challenges that were not being addressed and then forming an ability to express what needs to be done and how to do it quickly. As we hear in the discussion, this type of approach, very consistent with the famous “Heilmeier Catechism”, ended up producing a wide range of DARPA breakthroughs, including one that is now in every cell phone in the globe (next time you use your cell phone’s mapping and location services, remember to thank the Fuller Brush company!).

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29 Mar 2021

DARPA Seeks to Improve Computer Vision in ‘Third Wave’ of AI Research

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is looking to be a leader in the third wave of artificial intelligence innovation, seeking new methods of visually tracking objects while utilizing less power. DARPA also wants to increase the accuracy of the results. DARPA, the military’s primary advanced research organization, was

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24 Mar 2021

DARPA to test AI-controlled jets in live-fly dogfights after successful simulations

DARPA has come closer to launching AI fighter jets after recently testing two algorithms in successful two-on-one aerial combat situations. The military research agency’s algorithms tested how two different AI algorithms implemented in fighter jets would work as a team after experimenting with one-on-one fights. The battle consisted of two

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18 Feb 2021

DARPA, Linux Foundation Partner to Advance 5G

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is partnering with the Linux Foundation, a major technology consortium, to foster open-source software development collaboration. DARPA seeks to advance emerging technologies alongside many of its federal counterparts. This includes cutting-edge tech such as 5G, according to Wednesday’s press release. The Linux Foundation

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02 Sep 2019

US Unleashes Military to Fight Fake News, Disinformation

The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) aims to develop software that can spot fake news stories as well as fake audio, images and video (deepfakes) in order to combat “large-scale, automated disinformation attacks.” Over a period of 48 months the DARPA initiative, called the Semantic Forensics (SemaFor) program,

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07 Aug 2019

DARPA Is Taking On the Deepfake Problem

The United States Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is launching an initiative to battle the growing threat of deepfakes, which are images or videos doctored by artificial intelligence (AI) that show individuals saying and doing things they never said or did. According to the agency, deepfakes are increasingly used

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03 May 2019

DARPA wants AI to make soldiers fitter, happier, more productive

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) this week launched a new program aiming to investigate how AI can be used to optimize the performance of soldiers by using specific data on individuals to prescribe them an ideal diet, physical exercise regimen and methods for brain stimulation. The Teaching AI

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