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Primates Research NIAID

The machine common sense (MCS) program seeks to address the challenge of articulating and encoding human common-sense reasoning for intelligent machines. The program will aim to create machine common-sense services that can break down the barrier between the narrowly focused AI applications of today and the more general AI applications of the future. (Image credit: DARPA)

Can you tell what this robot does just by looking at it? If not, that is exactly why standards are needed—to prove what the robot can do. This particular method tests the robot’s ability to inspect, touch, rotate and extract items.

Army researchers evaluate a prototype soft exosuit device developed for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. (Photo credit: U.S. Army photo by Tom Faulkner)

An AR-22 rocket engine for DARPA’s Experimental Spaceplane program is test fired on the A-1 test stand at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Stennis, Mississippi. (Credit: DARPA)