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Pentagon To Invest $2 Bln To Develop AI Tech

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has announced its plans to invest over $2 billion on research into a "third wave" artificial intelligence capacities over the next few years.

"To better define a path forward, DARPA is announcing today a multi-year investment of more than $2 billion in new and existing programs called the "AI Next" campaign," the agency said in a statement.

Agency director, Dr. Steven Walker, officially unveiled the large-scale effort during closing remarks today at DARPA's D60 Symposium taking place Wednesday through Friday at the Gaylord Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland.

"With AI Next, we are making multiple research investments aimed at transforming computers from specialized tools to partners in problem-solving," said Dr. Walker. "Today, machines lack contextual reasoning capabilities, and their training must cover every eventuality, which is not only costly, but ultimately impossible. We want to explore how machines can acquire human-like communication and reasoning capabilities, with the ability to recognize new situations and environments and adapt to them."

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