DARPA Artificial Intelligence Colloquium Opening Video

Throughout DARPA’s history, artificial intelligence (AI) has been an important area of groundbreaking research and development (R&D). In the 1960s, DARPA researchers completed some of the foundational work in the field, leading to the creation of expert systems, or the first wave of AI technologies. Since then, DARPA has funded developments in the second wave of AI – machine learning – which has significantly impacted defense and commercial capabilities in areas such as speech understanding, self-driving cars, and image recognition. Today, DARPA continues to fund AI innovation, making multiple investments in research that aim to shape a future in which AI systems shift from tools to trusted, collaborative partners in problem solving.

First announced in September, the DARPA AI Next campaign is a multi-year, upwards of $2 billion investment in new and existing programs to create the third wave of AI technologies. To increase awareness of DARPA’s expansive AI R&D efforts, the agency hosted an Artificial Intelligence Colloquium (AIC) March 6-7, 2019 in Alexandria, Virginia. This event brought together the DoD research community and defense stakeholders to learn more about DARPA’s current and emerging AI programs, as well as discover how the myriad technologies in development could apply to their diverse missions.

This brief opening video highlights DARPA’s history in AI and its outlook for the future.

VA’s Fairfax compares himself to lynching victims

Embattled Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax is comparing himself to lynching victims after two women came forward with allegations of sexual assault, prompted widespread calls for his resignation and a special hearing in the state House. (Feb. 24)

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Students Uninvite Gov. Ralph Northam From The First Stop On His Apology Tour (HBO)

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam hoped that today would kickoff his statewide apology tour. But last night, his first attempt to atone for the yearbook photo of a klansman and man in blackface, and for wearing blackface to moonwalk as Michael Jackson, fell apart.

The governor doesn’t deny moonwalking, but he does deny he’s in the photo on his yearbook page.

The governor planned to appear at historically black Virginia Union University for an event honoring the Richmond 34 civil rights activists. While some of the honorees were happy to let their ceremony serve as a place for the Governor to begin learning and apologizing for his racist act, the current VUU student body felt blindsided.

VUU’s Student Government Association President, Jamon Phenix, penned a letter addressed to Governor Northam demanding he back out of the event, explaining that the students “feel as though your presence takes away from the historical significance of our commemoration.”

Phenix says he invites the Governor to return to campus later this year. When asked why he would delay the chance to reconcile, Phenix told VICE News that the Governor’s mere presence at the event, without the opportunity for students to ask questions or have a discussion, didn’t add value. “There was no real reconciliation. If he was to attend, he would not be on the platform and he would not have said anything. Where’s the reconciliation inside of just a presence?”

Elizabeth Johnson Rice, one of the Richmond 34, disagreed. In 1960, she and her peers entered Thalhimers department store, sat down at a whites-only counter, and were arrested and charged with trespassing. As alarmed as she was that Northam had dressed in blackface, she believes firmly in second chances. “Northam may have trespassed against the black community,” she conceded. “But the word is forgiveness. And that’s, that’s what my heart said that he deserves.”

VICE News met with current and former VUU students in Richmond, VA. Though Governor Northam wasn’t in the room, the question of whether or not he was worthy of reconciliation certainly was.

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Politician’s accuser discusses sexual violence

A college professor appeared in public on Tuesday but did not talk directly about her accusation that Virginia’s lieutenant governor sexually assaulted her in 2004. Vanessa Tyson took part in a Stanford University symposium on sexual violence. (Feb. 13)

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Virginia Governor says he will not resign

Embattled Virginia Governor, Ralph Northam tells CBS This Morning that he will not resign after a blackface photo emerged in his medical school yearbook. (Feb. 11)

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Here’s the latest for Monday February 11th: White House won’t rule out partial gov’t shutdown; Virginia lawmaker pushes for Lt. Gov. impeachment; Denver teachers plan to strike; Winter storm pounds Hawaii.

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Northam says he thought about resigning

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam says he thought about resigning in the days after a racist yearbook photo surfaced. (Feb. 10)

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Gov. Northam attends state trooper funeral

Virginia’s governor has made his first official public appearance since he denied appearing in a racist yearbook photo and admitted to wearing blackface. (Feb. 9)

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VA lawmaker says he will seek to impeach Fairfax

Virginia lawmaker Patrick Hope said late on Friday that he would introduce articles of impeachment for Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax on Monday “if he has not resigned before then.” (Feb. 9)

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Richmond residents divided over Northam scandal

Some residents of Richmond, Virginia are calling for the Governor’s resignation amidst blackface allegations, while others offer forgiveness. (Feb. 8)

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