The aim of the hunt, deemed impossible by experts if using traditional intelligence techniques, was to test new methods of intelligence, involving the use of social networks in particular.
The hunt, won by a group of M.I.T. experts in the analysis of social networks, attracted nearly 500 volunteers from around the world.
Another initiative that began this year is a robotics program, called Autonomous Robotic Manipulation (ARM), which envisions robots with a high degree of autonomy requiring only high-level supervision by an operator.
“This simplifies human control and could drastically improve execution of tasks,” DARPA said in a statement.
The goal of the four-year ARM program is to develop software and hardware that enables a robot to autonomously grasp and manipulate to perform complicated tasks, with a human providing only high-level direction.
The agency also plans an outreach track that will make available an identical robot for public use. DARPA says this will give anyone the chance to write software, test it, upload it to the actual system, and then watch via the internet as the DARPA robot executes that software—a useful tool for teaching engineering and computer science.
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