July 23, 2018
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in the US has announced plans to fund a series of new artificial intelligence (AI) research projects with millions of dollars.
The agency’s new “Artificial Intelligence Exploration (AIE) program” is designed to get capital to AI researchers that need it quickly. AIE awards may be worth up to $1 million each.
“DARPA has established a streamlined process to push the state of the art in AI through regular and relatively short-term technology development projects,” said Peter Highnam, DARPA deputy director, in a statement.
“The intent is to get researchers on contract quickly to test the value and feasibility of innovative concepts. Where we’re successful, individual projects could lead to larger research and development programs spurring major AI breakthroughs.”
DARPA said funding will be given to researchers within three months of a funding opportunity showing up. The agency hopes to be able to tell if a project is feasible within 18 months of awarding the contract.READ MORE