March 29, 2016

"Military research agency has launched a new Grand Challenge that will have teams develop artificial intelligence-powered radios that cooperate with each other to avoid wireless congestion."

engadget: Rather than force devices to use narrow frequency ranges regardless of how crowded they may be, DARPA would like to see those gadgets negotiate frequency sharing whenever they need it. by Jon Fingas

'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 wouldn't see their potential wasted by arbitrary spectrum rules.'

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