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DARPA Wants AI Program to Crunch Data for Commanders

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, has issued a multi-year contract with Aptima Inc. and its partner Arizona State University to develop a new generation of artificial intelligence that works with, learns from and interacts with humans, according to an Aug. 17 news release.

Different from current commercial systems, the program — Adaptive Distributed Allocation of Probabilistic Tasks (ADAPT) — will assist commanders with decision-making by quickly crunching data in fast-changing battlespaces and improving cooperation between human and AI agents.

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“ADAPT will take a significant step forward in human-AI collaboration so warfighters and intelligent technology can reason and work together to make better, faster decisions than either could do on their own,” Dr. Adam Fouse, Aptima’s ADAPT program manager, said in a statement. “By learning from its human counterparts, taking into account their goals, preferences and constraints,

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