DARPA Video Game Lets You Teach Military Software

Posted April 9th, 2011 by ihrs

DARPA's ACTUV program aims to develop new tools for anti-submarine warfare that include unmanned autonomous ocean-going vessels that can track quiet submarines hiding in the depths. But in order to figure out what tactics work (and don't work) for their ACTUV software, they need to test a variety of maneuvers and sub-hunting configurations in naval scenarios.

That's where the crowdsourcing comes in. At the end of each round, the software will ask if you want to send your game data to DARPA for analysis—and for possible use in the crafting of ACTUV's software brain, once it is developed. Corner the crafty AI sub commander, and your data could inform a future line of defense against threats from the deep.

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