CIA’s DARPA working on human-brain-mimicking tech

The Register | July 14, 2011

By Lewis Page

The company which built the first ever internet nodes back in the 1960s – and which gave the world the “@” symbol in email, among other things – has been hired by the US intelligence community to work on technology which could mimic “the brain’s ability to make sense of large amounts of haphazard, partial information”.

Back in the late 1960s, Boston-based BBN technologies was hired by the US military Advanced Research Projects Agency (later renamed DARPA) to develop the first nodes of the ARPAnet, which later became the internet we all know and love. DARPA’s various successes for the military over the decades since have inspired the CIA and allied US intelligence agencies to start up their own version of the famous bureau, dubbed the Intelligence Advanced Research projects Agency (IARPA).

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