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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22 Apr 2019

The Pentagon is Investing in Space Robots to Repair Satellites

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is launching a five year program to build robots capable of repairing and upgrading satellites. The research agency will also develop spacecraft for moving the robots through space. The US government and US companies together have over 400 satellites orbiting the earth at

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01 Apr 2019

DARPA Wants AI to Learn Language like Human Babies

The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) last week announced plans to invest in the Grounded Artificial Intelligence Language Acquisition (GAILA) research program that aims to teach artificial intelligence (AI) to learn language in a similar way as human babies do, to make sure that AI will actually grasp

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26 Feb 2019

DARPA wants robots that humans will trust

The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) recently announced its Competency-Aware Machine Learning (CAML) program, which aims to “develop machine learning systems that continuously assess their own performance in time-critical, dynamic situations and communicate that information to human team-members in an easily understood format.” The idea behind this is

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