DARPA wants Deep Thought

The US government again seeks to turn science fiction into reality:

Pentagon boffinry chiefs are seeking to develop radical AI software capable of boiling down information from the news, overhead spy planes, wiretaps and so on “into a form that is more suitable for human consumption”. Specifically, this means using the data to produce “a cohesive story that is germane to the goals of a decision-maker”.
Essentially, DARPA seems to be seeking an automated solution which can do what certain humans can — detectives, intel analysts, diplomats, occasionally (cough) journalists. That is, the desired EN-Mem (Experience-based Narrative Memory ware) system can look at a situation and answer the eternal question: what’s the real story here?

Simple: 42.

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