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Developing Artificial Intelligence Systems for Dynamic Environments

Artificial intelligence can beat humans when it comes to playing chess or GO. Yet, as we all know, real life doesn’t follow rulebooks. For artificial intelligence platforms to function at the next level and be able to recognize and adapt to dynamic environments, AI must become more than a tool that executes human-programmed rules.

From navigating unfamiliar terrain and dangerous weather conditions to working in risky and highly stressful situations, AI could be of enormous aid to first responders and the military if AI systems could react appropriately when something significant and unexpected occurs, without needing to be retrained on a large data set.

DARPA, or the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, announced the SAIL-ON program (Science of Artificial Intelligence and Learning for Open-world Novelty) to develop technologies and algorithms needed to create these responsive AI systems. For example, a goal of the SAIL-ON initiative is to lay the foundation to develop an AI system that’s capable of going through the decision-making OODA (observe, orient, decide, act) loop process developed by military strategist U.S. Air Force Colonel John Boyd.

“The first thing an AI system has to do is recognize the world has changed. The second thing it needs to do is characterize how the world changed. The third thing it needs to do is adapt its response appropriately,” said Ted Senator, program manager in DARPA’s Defense Sciences Office. “The fourth thing, once it learns to adapt, is for it to update its model of the world.”

The SAIL-ON Proposers Day, scheduled for March 5, 2019, will also be webcast. Look for the SAIL-ON announcement on and on Questions about the program should be emailed to [email protected].

Last year, DARPA announced the “AI Next” campaign with a goal of advancing artificial intelligence technologies towards contextual reasoning capabilities.

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