DARPA’s next challenge could lead to AI-powered radios

The competition will take a while. It doesn’t start until 2017, and won’t pick a winner until early 2020. DARPA will even have to create a giant wireless testbed to see how the competitors fare in relatively realistic conditions. It could be worthwhile, though, as the winner will scoop up a $2 million prize. The institution notes that there could be clear advantages to AI-based radios in the military, which could keep communications up and running on the battlefield. However, they’d also mitigate problems for just about everyone — you wouldn’t have to worry about your smartphone’s data bogging down in a busy part of town, or watch nearby networks interfere with your drone flight. Wireless technologies like 5G or unlicensed cellular could become that much more practical, as you…


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