Washington Post: Biden has proposed a new agency to turbocharge medical treatments. But there’s a fight over where it should live.

Washington Post: Biden has proposed a new agency to turbocharge medical treatments. But there’s a fight over where it should live.. “There’s at least one proposal left over from the Trump administration that President Biden is set on reviving: the creation of the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H). Under the administration’s debut budget proposal, the National Institutes of Health would receive $6.5 billion to launch an agency modeled after the military’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). ARPA-H would accelerate the development of medical treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, cardiovascular disease and more.”

Bloomberg: U.S. Unleashes Military to Fight Fake News, Disinformation

Bloomberg: U.S. Unleashes Military to Fight Fake News, Disinformation . “The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency wants custom software that can unearth fakes hidden among more than 500,000 stories, photos, video and audio clips. If successful, the system after four years of trials may expand to detect malicious intent and prevent viral fake news from polarizing society.”

The Sociable: DARPA unveils new incubators for cognitive dissonance detection, quantum bio-computing and more

The Sociable: DARPA unveils new incubators for cognitive dissonance detection, quantum bio-computing and more. “Today, DARPA launched the addition of four new incubators on the Polyplexus portal, raising the total to 16 since its inception, with eight being active. Launched in March, 2019 the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency‘s (DARPA) Polyplexus portal is an online, professional, technical conversation between the research community and DARPA Program Managers that will lead to the opportunity to submit abstracts and full proposals for a research and development project.”

‘We paid little attention to vulnerabilities in machine learning platforms’: DARPA (The Sociable)

The Sociable: ‘We paid little attention to vulnerabilities in machine learning platforms’: DARPA. “Dr. Hava Siegelmann, program manager in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency‘s (DARPA) Information Innovation Office (I2O), introduced the Guaranteeing AI Robustness against Deception (GARD) program earlier this month to address vulnerabilities in machine learning (ML) platforms and to develop a new generation of defenses against adversarial deception attacks on ML models.”

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

TechCrunch: 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 everyday objects and actions — in other words, common sense. DARPA is teaming up with the Seattle-based Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence to see about changing that.”

Slate: The Very First Social Network

Slate: The Very First Social Network. “The brainchild of the Advanced Research Projects Agency—ARPA, the progenitor of today’s DARPA—ARPANET was envisioned as a way for military-funded scientists to share an incredibly rare and costly commodity back then: computing time and power. At the time, only a handful of universities had computers. The only way to use one (or to transfer a file from one device to another) was to travel to the facility where the computer was housed. IBM even had planes whose job it was to fly computer files back and forth. ARPANET promised to solve this, making it possible for scientists not just to share computing time but to direct multiple computers toward a single problem or acquire a mountain of data with a single, fast-as-light query.” This article is from a book excerpt, and it looks like I have something to add to my reading list.

MIT Technology Review: The US military is funding an effort to catch deepfakes and other AI trickery

MIT Technology Review: The US military is funding an effort to catch deepfakes and other AI trickery. “The Department of Defense is funding a project that will try to determine whether the increasingly real-looking fake video and audio generated by artificial intelligence might soon be impossible to distinguish from the real thing—even for another AI system. This summer, under a project funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the world’s leading digital forensics experts will gather for an AI fakery contest. They will compete to generate the most convincing AI-generated fake video, imagery, and audio—and they will also try to develop tools that can catch these counterfeits automatically.”