The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is placing a high priority on developing artificial intelligence (AI) systems that can be trusted by the Department of Defense (DoD), according to a DARPA official on Wednesday, March 27.

The AI Rush: From Catch-up to Cutting-Edge

Imagine a world where your average soldier gets a high-tech sidekick – an AI that can analyze data, suggest strategies, and even help fly a fighter jet.

That’s the future DARPA is working towards.

Matt Turek, a big cheese at DARPA, recently spilled the beans at a security conference.

He says a whopping 70 percent of their projects are now dipping their toes into the AI pool, using machine learning and autonomous systems.

Basically, they’re all about getting robots and computers to work smarter, not harder – and hopefully not deadlier.