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The Pentagon's research arm is looking beyond the human brain to build artificial intelligence.
In a recent call for submissions, DARPA revealed that it's looking for ways to take the brains of 'very small flying insects' and model their functions in AI robots.
Proposal - Way - Robots
The proposal looks to pave the way for robots that are smaller, energy-efficient and easier to train.
DARPA is looking for proposals that understand the sensory and nervous systems in miniature insects and can turn them into 'prototype computational models.'
Models - Type - Hardware - Insects - Agency
These models would then be integrated in some type of hardware that emulates how insects think and behave, the agency explained.
'Nature has forced on these small insects drastic miniaturization and energy efficiency, some having only a few hundred neurons in a compact form-factor, while maintaining basic functionality,' the announcement reads.
Organisms - Subjectivity - Experience - Responses - Problem
'Furthermore, these organisms are possibly able to display increased subjectivity of experience, which extends simple look-up table responses to potentially AI-relevant problem solving.
'This research could lead to capability of inference, prediction, generalization and abstraction of problems in systematic or entirely news ways in order to find solutions to compelling problems,'...
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