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November 12, 2002 | Source: Computerworld

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is accepting research proposals to develop a “cognitive system” that would reason, learn from experience and adapt to surprises, be aware of its behavior and explain itself, anticipate different scenarios, and predict and plan for novel futures.

“It’s all moving toward this grand vision of not putting people in harm’s way,” says Raymond Kurzweil. “If you want autonomous weapons, it’s helpful for them to be intelligent.”

Cognitive systems could assist or replace soldiers on hazardous duty or civilians responding to toxic spills or disasters.