DARPA Wants to Solve the Spectrum Crunch With AI

The Spectrum Collaboration Challenge (SC2) will happen in three, year-long phases beginning in 2017. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is eyeing ways to use artificial intelligence to make bandwidth shortages easier to handle. DARPA is spearheading a Grand Challenge that calls on teams to develop “smart systems that collaboratively, rather than competitively, adapt in real time to today’s fast-changing, congested spectrum environment.” Translation: make sure the so-called spectrum crunch doesn’t bork our phones and tablets. The agency is calling on participants to use a type of artificial intelligence known as machine learning to “maximize the flow of radio frequency signals” and ensure wireless spectrum remains as open and usable as possible. DARPA said that spectrum is becoming increasingly “congested” by the rapid influx of both consumer and military-grade devices using…


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