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DARPA wants to teach and test ‘common sense’ for AI

It's a funny thing, AI. It can identify objects in a fraction of a second, imitate the human voice, and recommend new music, but most machine "intelligence" lacks the most basic understanding of every

DARPA announces $2B investment in AI

At a symposium in Washington DC on Friday, DARPA announced plans to invest $2 billion in artificial intelligence research over the next five years. In a program called “AI Next,” the age

DARPA dedicates $75 million (to start) into reinventing chip tech

The Defense Department's research arm, DARPA, is throwing a event around its "Electronics Resurgence Initiative," an effort to leapfrog existing chip tech by funding powerful but unproven new ideas pe

DARPA design shifts round wheels to triangular tracks in a moving vehicle

As part of its Ground X-Vehicle Technologies program, DARPA is showcasing some new defense vehicle tech that’s as futuristic as it is practical. One of the innovations, a reconfigurable wheel-tr

Check out these awesome workshops at TC Sessions: Robotics May 11 at UC Berkeley

Hard to believe, but TC Sessions: Robotics is just over a week away. We’ve got some of the top minds in the industry on the schedule for the event, including Andy Rubin, Laura Tyson, Marc Raibert, R

DARPA is funding new tech that can identify manipulated videos and ‘deepfakes’

The Menlo Park-based nonprofit research group SRI International has been awarded three contracts by the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to wage war on the newest fro

DARPA’s Launch Challenge offers $10M prize for short-notice, rapid-turnaround rocketry

Getting to space is already tough, but getting there on short notice and then doing it again a couple weeks later? That's a big ask. Nevertheless, DARPA is asking it as part of its Launch Challenge, a

DARPA wants new ideas for autonomous drone swarms

The Defense Department's research wing is serious about putting drones into action, not just one by one but in coordinated swarms. The Offensive Swarm-Enabled Tactics program is kicking off its second

Check out self-driving cars, DARPA and more at TC Sessions: Robotics May 11 at UC Berkeley

As we’re gearing up for May’s big show, the announcements are starting to come fast and furious. In the past two weeks, we’ve revealed that Andy Rubin, Marc Raibert, Melonee Wise, Robert Full an

LiDAR autonomous sensor startup Ouster announces $27M Series A led by auto powerhouse Cox Enterprises

Angus Pacala has had a lifelong passion for autonomous cars going all the way back to high school. A little more than a decade ago, he followed the launch of the DARPA Grand Challenge, a Department of

This tiny sensor could sleep for years between detection events

It's easy enough to put an always-on camera somewhere it can live off solar power or the grid, but deep in nature, underground, or in other unusual circumstances every drop of power is precious. Lucki

DARPA project aims to make modular computers out of ‘chiplets’

The Defense Department's research arm has officially kicked off its effort to create a modular computing framework, with pieces pulled from a mix-'n-match set of "chiplets." Producing something this w

Five reasons to attend TC Sessions: Robotics next week at MIT

Next week TechCrunch is hosting its first ever one-day event centered around robotics. Called TC Sessions: Robotics, there are still a few general admission tickets left which grant the holder access

DARPA awards $65 million to develop the perfect, tiny two-way brain-computer interface

With $65 million in new funding, DARPA seeks to develop neural implants that make it possible for the human brain to speak directly to computer interfaces. As part of its Neural Engineering System Des

Boeing will build DARPA’s XS-1 experimental spaceplane

You can hear the champagne corks popping here in Seattle as Boeing is awarded the contract to make DARPA's cool experimental spaceplane. The XS-1, as it's called, would allow for relatively cheap and

DARPA shows off its SideArm system catching drones mid-flight

Military-style fixed-wing drones are easy to launch, but difficult to land; DARPA aims to change that with SideArm, a portable drone-grabbing system that snatches the fast-moving craft right out of th

The new A-Team: Agile teams of machines

One of the most popular shows on television 30 years ago was "The A-Team” -- the story of five rogue military commandos who teamed together to form an elite fighting unit. Now, a generation later, D

DARPA establishes group to standardize robotic space repairs

If we're to keep thousands of expensive satellites in working order, the job isn't going to be done by humans — and DARPA suggests we all get on the same page before we start designing robotic syste

DARPA’s robo-boat tests parasailing radar

DARPA's submarine-hunting robot boat plies the seas off the coast of California. Smooth, grey, and purposeful, truly this vessel resembles other predators of the aquatic world in more than mien. But i

Capitalizing on foundations of innovation

Two of the most important technological advances, which helped fueled much of the country’s record economic growth in the post-WWII era, were ubiquitous computing devices and modern communications t
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