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Darpa's New Plans: Crowdsource Intel, Edit Dna


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Credit: Wired News

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA's) future plans call for crowdsourcing military intelligence, creating an immune system for Defense Department networks, and conducting research that could lead to editing soldiers' DNA. DARPA wants to improve how the military uses its intelligence information by turning it into an open call for contributions.

The project, called Deep ISR Processing by Crowds, looks to "harness the unique cognitive and creative abilities of large numbers of people to enhance dramatically the knowledge derived from ISR systems," according to DARPA. The agency also wants innovation to take the place of individual analysis and decision making.

Meanwhile, DARPA is developing a cyberdefense model called Cyber Immune that can detect an attack, fight back, and heal itself automatically to prevent future infiltration. DARPA wants a system that "assumes security cannot be absolute, yet . . . can still defend itself in order to maintain its (possibly degraded) capabilities, and possibly even heal itself."

DARPA also aims to create microchip implants that restore senses and movement in traumatic injury patients and edit human genes to boost troop performance in the field.

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