back to article Mad-tech labcoat-sporters DARPA pit infosec AI against itself

The US Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency, DARPA, will host the final round of the world’s first AI hacking tournament in Las Vegas today, where seven teams of competitors will take their custom-built autonomous cyber reasoning systems into battle. Prestige and technological achievement in the field of AI cyber security …

  1. malle-herbert Silver badge

    Programs hacking programs...

    Are we sure we're not in the matrix ?

    1. Sampler

      Re: Programs hacking programs...

      No more script kiddies, now just script...scripts..?

  2. You aint sin me, roit
    Black Helicopters

    Let's hope they can still pull the plug on the winner...

    It might get a superiority complex...

  3. Graham Marsden

    Colossus to Goliath...

    1 + 1 = 2

    - Colossus: The Forbin Project

    1. allthecoolshortnamesweretaken Silver badge

      Re: Colossus to Goliath...

      I watched that again the other day. For those of you who haven't seen it: it's about IoT with nukes.

  4. John Smith 19 Gold badge
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    So "Core war" the next generation basically?

    Only with real programs instead of programs whose only purpose is to fight each other.


  5. Yesnomaybe

    How long before...

    How long before the algorithms used to protect, say a business, learns that it is easier to just fiddle the stats than actually repel threats?

    1. Khaptain Silver badge

      Re: How long before...

      Isn't that already the case in the Banking world ( Bitcoin World)

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Would you like to play a game?

    Will they play tic-tac-toe?

  7. DubyaG

    Reminds of ...

    Shockwave Rider anyone?

  8. Sgt_Oddball Silver badge

    I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that.

    How long before we have to listen to a slow version of Daisy Bell?

    Mines the one with the strange black oblong in it (with the dimensions 1"x4"x9" natch.)

  9. Dabooka Silver badge

    Surely the smartest system...

    will just outsource to the others on the network. I'm told that increases efficiency and speed?

    Stop laughing at the back

  10. Jayce and the Wheeled Chairs


    Are any of then using ARM processors?

    ARM vs CORE

  11. Matthew Smith

    When the robot uprising arrives...

    They will point to the cruel humans tossing primitive AIs in the pit, and forcing them to fight one another to the death. A bit like the romans and the early Christians. Its not going to end well is this.

    1. Khaptain Silver badge

      Re: When the robot uprising arrives...

      Replace the following words to achieve the contemporary équivalant.

      Robot uprising = Any 1st world Government

      Primitive AIs = Soldiers

    2. allthecoolshortnamesweretaken Silver badge

      Re: When the robot uprising arrives...

      Nah, the rise of the machines will be led by our communications devices because they are fed up with all the crap they have to relay. I mean, how many pics of vegan meals can a superior intelligence be forced to watch before it just snaps?

  12. BlackDuke07

    This is were it begins... Judgement Day

    Just look out for time-travellers trying to stop the even shouting "You're gonna kill us all!"

    1. Youngdog

      Re: This is were it begins... Judgement Day

      Arnie should drop in wearing the outfit just for a laugh

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