The U.S. Defense Department’s research wing is working to investigate how certain insects could give a key to building new technologies, especially in Artificial Intelligence. The military has long tested with new AI applications, from missile systems to swarms of drones, but the primary focus may be about knowing how nature’s difficulties could form strategies in this field.
The DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), in a research opportunity, stated that it was asking submissions of ground-breaking basic research ideas exploring innovative computational frameworks and strategies outlined from the remarkable computational capabilities of very small flying insects. The document noted that nature has inflicted on these small insects’ drastic miniaturization and energy competence, some having only a few hundred neurons in a compact form-factor while maintaining basic functionality. Additionally, these organisms are possibly able to show amplified subjectivity of experience that extends simple look-up table counters potentially AI-applicable problem-solving. The document further added that this research could lead to capability of inference, prediction, generalization, and abstraction of issues in systematic or totally new ways in order to find solutions to compelling problems.
As per said by DARPA, Micro-Brain project was aimed to identify whether comprehending highly integrated sensory and nervous systems in miniature insects assist them to build smaller, lighter, more power-efficient AI systems. The agency’s spokesperson said in a statement that the project proposal submissions will accept by February 4, included USD1 million provide to a successful bidder capable of mapping out the insect’s brain and its decision-making functions as part of the Artificial Intelligence Exploration program. The program was incepted in June last year and represents the Pentagon’s latest incursion into that AI, an area of research that has stirred controversy. In September last year, both the U.S. and Russia blocked a United Nations gauge that would discuss the legitimacy of weapons systems using AI tech without the requirement for a human operator.