DARPA Deputy Director Peter Highnam Says Agency’s ‘AI Next’ Program Bearing Fruit

Algorithmic Warfare: DARPA’s ‘AI Next’ Program Bearing Fruit

By Yasmin Tadjdeh

DARPA Deputy Director Peter Highnam Says Agency’s ‘AI Next’ Program Bearing Fruit

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency made headlines last fall when it announced that it was pledging $2 billion for a multi-year effort to develop new artificial intelligence technology.

DARPA’s AI Next program has three thrusts: to increase the robustness of second wave AI technologies, to aggressively apply second wave systems to new applications and to further examine third wave technologies, he said.

The agency has been employing a variety of contracting methods to get at the development of new second and third wave systems, he said. It has already released 10 broad agency announcements for AI-related programs that will require major research proposals and multi-year work.

Highnam noted that about one-third of DARPA’s 250 programs include building new AI technologies, making such systems more robust or applying them to new areas.

“It’s not a casual thing for us really across the board now,” he added.


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