October 6, 2010
from Examiner Website
No big surprise that DARPA, the military's blue-sky research arm, is the agency behind the lofty five-year program, called Insight.
The agency's goal is to replace "largely manual
exploitation and… chat-based operator interactions" with a system that mines
different inputs, including drone footage and on-the-ground intelligence,
and quickly stitches together the data to identify potential threats.
...would be faster than human analysts, but it'd still rely on their input.
DARPA wants an interface that's adaptable, letting users provide context and pick the best surveillance combo for a given situation.
The Pentagon's been investing in super-powered surveillance for years now, and DARPA wants Insight to capitalize on the rapid growth in the recon field.
The program will incorporate brand new spy cams, like ARGUS-IS, a 1.8 Gigapixel camera that tracks over 100 square miles in real time.
And ongoing DARPA projects might be rolled into
the Insight system too. The agency's solicitation cites a handful, including
the recently-launched PerSEAS, a program to design complex algorithms that
can somehow spot threats based on little more than "weak evidence."
The Information Awareness Office (IAO) was established by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in January 2002 to bring together several DARPA projects focused on applying surveillance and information technology to track and monitor terrorists and other asymmetric threats to national security, by achieving Total Information Awareness (TIA).
This would be achieved by creating enormous computer databases to gather and store the personal information of everyone in the United States, including,
...and numerous other sources, without any requirement for a search warrant.
This information would then be analyzed to look for suspicious activities, connections between individuals, and "threats".
Additionally, the program included funding for
biometric surveillance technologies that could identify and track
individuals using surveillance cameras, and other methods.
It is the total tracking, total control, and total tyranny program.