In the recent video published by DARPA – The Defense And Research Projects Agency – a 3d version of a “mind mapping’ program is being created – they claim it’s for investigative search purposes.
First – to explain what a mindmap is – it’s a way to organize ideas and concepts – to first ‘order the chaos’ and then to identify what’s important regarding that idea or concept for whatever purpose.
With a typically basic mindmap, you start with a single sheet of paper, and in the middle you write down a concept or idea you may need a little more clarity on, and surround this by a circle.
From there you draw lines out from that with ‘ideas’ that ‘link to’ this central concept that need clarity.
This allows a ‘visualization’ and a new order of the seeming chaos of information, which then allows you to ‘see information’ in a new way you may not have envisioned before.
Here’s an example 2d mindmap on one of my favorite subjects:
What this is helpful for is problem solving and for visualizing patterns – patterns in your own thinking – and similarities which might make ‘holistic system’ prioritization easier to manage..
And it’s especially helpful for development of artificial intelligence.
So in this video clip from CBSNews:
DARPA – in conjunction with the people who developed SIRI – are developing a 3d mind mapping program.
They claim it’s for law enforcement and breaking human trafficking problems.
But you can bet yer butt it’s used primarily for artificial intelligence development, particularly with DARPA and the cofounders of SIRI involved.
In any case, the links to the video is on the image above, or here. I will let you read the official statements and claims on it, I don’t want to spread propaganda and the claims they’re using it for.
What I think is important and interesting is they are finally leveraging the way natural mind works – whether they are human minds, birds, dogs, deer – and finally mirroring these concepts in technological design.
It’s cool. Seeing the way they are applying their interpretation of how the human mind works to data, so hopefully they come to use it for more than just playing law enforcement versions of whack a mole.
ok. ok. I relent. here’s the article.
Before I show you the article though, there’s one little tidbit I would like to highlight: This professional data researcher estimates that google and Bing and yahoo have only mapped out 5% of the internet.
It’s about time they are catching on to the internet’s true nature.
My personal estimate is that we have only mapped out about 0.001% of it. Having seen glimpses and with continued access to information which is clearly from alternate realities – I suspect their minds might collectively be blown when they see some of what I have seen.
I hope not though.
This week on 60 Minutes, Lesley Stahl and producer Shachar Bar-On got an early look at Memex, a powerful new search engine developed by DARPA, the U.S. military’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.
The inventor of Memex, Chris White, sat down with Stahl and Bar-On and explained how Memex works–and how it could revolutionize law enforcement investigations. (See Chris White’s demonstration in the video player above.)
“The internet is much, much bigger than people think,” White said. “By some estimates Google, Microsoft Bing, and Yahoo only give us access to around 5% of the content on the Web.” That leaves a lot of room for bad actors to operate freely in the shadows.
White says that Memex goes far beyond the realm of traditional search engines and gives law enforcement a powerful new tool to search the “dark web,” where criminals buy, sell, and advertise in the illegal weapons trade and sex trafficking.
“The easiest way to think about Memex is: How can I make the unseen seen?” said Dan Kaufman, director of the information innovation office at DARPA.
“Most people on the internet are doing benign and good things,” Kaufman said. “But there are parasites that live on there, and we take away their ability to use the internet against us– and make the world a better place.”