DARPA Hacking Challenge To Test AI As Cybersecurity Defenders

Recently, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) announced a Cyber Grand Challenge, which will have seven teams, who will be competing in a $3.75 million-prize-pool hacking contest that concludes in Las Vegas this August. The rewards comes in the form of a US $2 million prize for first place, $1 million for second place, and $750,000 for third place. The goal of the tournament is to develop Skynet. Skynet is a fictional conscious, gestalt, artificial general intelligence system that features centrally in the Terminator franchise and serves as the franchise’s main antagonist. Musk tweeted a not-so-veiled warning on Thursday morning. This is not the first time he has left on a record as being provoked of an antagonistic supercomputer. The actual goal is to build an automated artificial intelligence…


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