US Military killed the Biologically-Inspired Cognitive Architectures (BICA) Project without explanation

It is somewhat tempting to think like a conspiracy theory buff and suggest that the Biologically-Inspired Cognitive Architectures project “BICA” – a major effort to create artificial intelligence – has succeeded and gone off the record rather than been cancelled by the US Government.

However the idea that BICA has simply been “cancelled” in favor of newer approaches seems far more likely, especially given the new focus of the DARPA SyNAPSE project we’ve discussed here at Technology Report several times before.    It appears that the more general and decentralized approach of BICA has been replaced with a more collaborative and engineered approach taken in the DARPA SyNAPSE project.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is one of the world’s best funded advanced technology research groups. DARPA’s most impressive accomplishment to date has been to fund the prizes that have inspired several university groups to create fully autonomous vehicles that can navigate both city traffic and complex off the road tracks without any human controls.

BICA Project:
http://www.darpa.mil/IPTO/programs/bica/bica_phase1.asp

DARPA SyNAPSE Project:

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