The world has changed, and the protagonists of this change are small, agile, laser-focused startups that quickly innovate and deploy products in the market at a fraction of the cost of what a large enterprise can do. The ‘democratization of high tech innovation’ is a pervasive trend in both commercial and defense applications, and the trend has been picked up by the US Department Of Defense (DoD).

That was, in essence, the message coming from a Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx) conference in Silicon Valley last January, where Neurala was one of only six highly innovative startups invited to present to Secretary of the Air Force Lee James and multiple representatives of DoD organizations. DIUx serves as the nexus between non-traditional companies operating at the bleeding edge, and the DoD. One of the conference focus, and surely the reason why Neurala was invited: the “third offset” initiative, and roles played in it by agile and innovative startups.

The third offset refers to the competitive advantage that the Defense Department has against upcoming adversaries. The first offset, in the 1950s, was that the US would depend upon its nuclear arsenal for deterrence against the larger Soviet army.  The second offset, in the 1970s, was to use technological know-how for advanced guidance for highly accurate weapons delivery.  Stealth technology and computerized command-and-control were essential parts of the second offset.

While the details of the third offset are not fully public, they appear to include the ability to decentralize control, allowing for autonomous sensing and operation, by using mix of smart machines and humans for decision making. And here is where startups like Neurala fit: fast moving companies, just tens of people strong, quickly innovating and deploying sophisticated Artificial Intelligence (AI) applications into off-the-shelf robots, drones, and mobile platforms.

Unlike traditional ways of doing business (large contractors, expensive projects, multiple years to get the deliverable deployed, with the risk of running over budget and early obsolescence), startups are fast in building viable proof of concepts, or even deploy products in the marketplace, by using what’s available to them. This includes AI applications, in particularly when deployed on Unmanned Aerial or Ground vehicles, or as mortal like me call them, drones and robots.

The inescapable future of drones and robots

One of the hottest and most debated topics when addressing future scenarios of Unmanned Systems and their role in Defense is Artificial Intelligence (or ‘machine intelligence’) in substituting humans in the battlefield. Humans vs. machines, in essence.

As in many other cases, the truth is in the middle. There are some things that can be done better by humans and other things that can be done better by AI.  The best of both worlds is when human intelligence and AI collaborate and one compensates the others weaknesses.

Modern machines can evaluate digital sensor information and make decisions faster than a human.  It is difficult for a human to read and evaluate information while flying a modern jet with hundreds of sensors, or while controlling a swarm of smart drones. The information display would be enormous per unit time, and it would be hard to distinguish what is important from what is not. A computer can take all of the sensor information from these devices and analyze it rapidly, and present the human with ‘pre-digested’ information that discards the useless, and focuses on the useful and actionable.  On the other hand, humans are still better at assembling the various pieces of the (pre-digested by AI) puzzle and taking important strategic decisions. At least for now…

The inescapable future …. is actually now: enabling technologies to fuel AI revolution

How futuristic is an AI working alongside war-fighters in the battlefields? I would argue it is so close we can almost touch it. Enabling computing technologies, such as Graphic processing units (GPUs), which were originally designed for computer gaming and 3D graphic processing, are today available to support the computationally intensive AI models. In real time, on a mobile machine such as a drone or a mobile ground robot. Is this because of some classified DARPA project? Not quite.. it’s because of more mundane appetite by consumers for video games and mobile graphics. Let’s look at the chart below: a comparison between GPU and CPUs as their computing power has scaled to in the past few years, and what is the next generation of GPUs from nVidia going to bring, as measured by single precision, general matrix multiply (SGEMM) computations.

E.g., the Volta-class GPU will be performing almost twice as better than the prior architecture, Pascal.

This may sound a bit too dry and out of context, but this could be translated into a simpler: “we could run twice as large an the artificial brain on Volta we could on Pascal”. And nVidia is only the tip of the iceberg: another fast-moving startup, Movidius, has introduced a different framework, called visual processing unit (VPU- a term also occasionally associated with GPUs), which provides another quantum leap into the battle between the two opposing “gods”: GFLOP and Watt.

In summary: the consumer world is producing state-of-the-art processors that can be just grabbed by startups like Neurala to design very sophisticated AI algorithms, and deploy them on consumer devices and drones at low cost & high deployment speed.

Let me give you an example of what it’s coming. Take a piece of software that emulates aspects of the brain visual system (including its ability to learn new items ‘on-the-fly’), and one of the cheapest, lower-cost CPU, and ARM processor running on an smart phone or tablet, and put them together. Here is what they can do.

Beware: Third Offset may be closer than it appears

Real-time object recognition running on low-cost unmanned vehicles is just one piece of the puzzle in the Third Offset strategy. However, other capabilities are being implemented within the same consumer-centric & market-friendly philosophy: low cost, fast time to market.

Not only will these capabilities be needed for the military offset, they will be necessary for many self-driving cars and autonomous civilian drones.  The ability to integrate a wide variety of information sources – including information from various sensors, changing maps and traffic conditions – with the intuition of the human brain will make for powerful capabilities to come. And they better be here quickly, and affordably.

7,871 thoughts on “The Third Revolution in Defense comes from everyday devices. With brains inside”
  1. An fascinating discussion is price comment. I believe that you need to write more on this topic, it might not be a taboo topic however typically persons are not enough to speak on such topics. To the next. Cheers

  2. An interesting dialogue is worth comment. I feel that you must write extra on this subject, it won’t be a taboo topic however usually individuals are not sufficient to talk on such topics. To the next. Cheers

  3. I’m typically to running a blog and i actually respect your content. The article has actually peaks my interest. I’m going to bookmark your site and keep checking for new information.

  4. This is the perfect site for anybody who wants to understand this topic. You understand a whole lot its almost hard to argue with you (not that I really will need toÖHaHa). You definitely put a new spin on a subject which has been written about for ages. Excellent stuff, just excellent!
    נערות ליווי בתל אביב

  5. After I initially left a comment I seem to have clicked the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and now whenever a comment is added I get 4 emails with the exact same comment. Perhaps there is a way you can remove me from that service? Thanks a lot!
    נערות ליווי

  6. Youre so cool! I dont suppose Ive learn something like this before. So good to find somebody with some authentic thoughts on this subject. realy thanks for beginning this up. this web site is one thing that is needed on the net, someone with somewhat originality. useful job for bringing something new to the web!

  7. Youre so cool! I dont suppose Ive learn something like this before. So nice to search out any individual with some original thoughts on this subject. realy thanks for starting this up. this website is one thing that is needed on the internet, someone with a bit of originality. helpful job for bringing one thing new to the internet!

  8. Once I initially commented I clicked the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and now every time a remark is added I get 4 emails with the same comment. Is there any manner you possibly can take away me from that service? Thanks!

  9. This is the appropriate blog for anybody who needs to find out about this topic. You notice a lot its virtually arduous to argue with you (not that I actually would need匟aHa). You definitely put a new spin on a subject thats been written about for years. Nice stuff, just nice!

  10. Aw, this was a very nice post. In concept I would like to put in writing like this moreover ?taking time and actual effort to make a very good article?however what can I say?I procrastinate alot and by no means seem to get something done.

  11. Youre so cool! I dont suppose Ive read something like this before. So nice to seek out anyone with some authentic thoughts on this subject. realy thanks for starting this up. this website is something that is needed on the web, somebody with a little originality. helpful job for bringing one thing new to the web!

  12. Good post. I be taught one thing more difficult on completely different blogs everyday. It would at all times be stimulating to read content from other writers and apply a bit of something from their store. I抎 want to make use of some with the content on my weblog whether you don抰 mind. Natually I抣l provide you with a hyperlink in your net blog. Thanks for sharing.

  13. I’ll right away seize your rss as I can’t to find your e-mail subscription link or newsletter service.
    Do you’ve any? Kindly allow me recognize so that I may subscribe.

    Thanks.

  14. It is appropriate time to make a few plans for the longer term and it
    is time to be happy. I have learn this publish and if I could I
    wish to counsel you few attention-grabbing issues or
    suggestions. Perhaps you could write next articles relating
    to this article. I wish to learn more things about it!

  15. I will immediately grasp your rss as I can’t find your email subscription link
    or e-newsletter service. Do you have any? Kindly allow me
    recognise in order that I may just subscribe. Thanks.

  16. This is the perfect blog for everyone who really wants to find out about this topic. You know so much its almost hard to argue with you (not that I actually will need toÖHaHa). You certainly put a fresh spin on a topic that’s been written about for years. Excellent stuff, just excellent!
    לכתבה

  17. I truly love your site.. Excellent colors & theme. Did you build this site yourself?
    Please reply back as I’m hoping to create my own personal site and
    would love to find out where you got this from or exactly what the theme is called.
    Appreciate it!

  18. Right here is the perfect website for anybody who really wants to understand this topic. You realize so much its almost hard to argue with you (not that I personally will need toÖHaHa). You certainly put a new spin on a subject which has been discussed for many years. Great stuff, just wonderful!
    לכתבה

  19. This is the perfect web site for everyone who hopes to find out about this topic. You understand a whole lot its almost tough to argue with you (not that I actually will need toÖHaHa). You certainly put a brand new spin on a topic that has been discussed for years. Great stuff, just great!
    לפרטים נוספים

  20. Thank you for every one of your labor on this web site. My daughter really loves making time for investigations and it’s really obvious why. Most people learn all regarding the lively mode you present reliable tactics through this web site and even inspire participation from some others on the point then our favorite simple princess is without question understanding so much. Take pleasure in the rest of the year. Your performing a wonderful job.

  21. Hello would you mind stating which blog platform you’re working with?
    I’m planning to start my own blog soon but I’m having a hard
    time selecting between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal.
    The reason I ask is because your design seems different then most
    blogs and I’m looking for something completely unique. P.S Apologies for getting off-topic but I had to ask!

  22. Can I simply just say what a relief to find somebody who genuinely knows what they’re talking about online. You certainly understand how to bring a problem to light and make it important. More and more people must look at this and understand this side of the story. I was surprised that you aren’t more popular given that you surely possess the gift.
    http://fernandoi9w6n.aboutyoublog.com/1525406/helping-the-others-realize-the-advantages-of-נערות-ליווי-בגבעתיים

  23. It’s the best time to make some plans for the future and it is time to be happy.
    I have read this post and if I could I want to suggest you some interesting things or suggestions.
    Perhaps you could write next articles referring
    to this article. I desire to read even more things about it!

  24. Can I simply just say what a relief to find a person that genuinely understands what they are discussing on the internet. You certainly know how to bring an issue to light and make it important. More and more people have to check this out and understand this side of the story. I was surprised you aren’t more popular because you surely have the gift.
    http://socialnetworkadsinfo.com/story7092928/נערות-ליווי-an-overview

  25. Can I simply say what a comfort to find someone that really knows what they’re talking about on the web. You actually realize how to bring a problem to light and make it important. More people need to look at this and understand this side of your story. I was surprised that you aren’t more popular because you definitely possess the gift.
    http://bookmarkport.com/story7021856/an-unbiased-view-of-נערות-ליווי-בתל-אביב

  26. The very next time I read a blog, Hopefully it doesn’t fail me as much as this one. I mean, Yes, it was my choice to read through, however I actually thought you would probably have something interesting to talk about. All I hear is a bunch of complaining about something that you could fix if you were not too busy seeking attention.
    http://ekitchen.co.kr/intro/2330036

  27. Can I simply say what a relief to discover someone who really knows what they are talking about over the internet. You certainly know how to bring a problem to light and make it important. More and more people should check this out and understand this side of your story. I was surprised you aren’t more popular given that you definitely have the gift.
    http://maynardr905xir8.blogproducer.com/2353998/דירות-דיסקרטיות-בירושלים-Что-нужно-знать-перед-покупкой

  28. May I simply just say what a relief to uncover someone who truly understands what they’re talking about over the internet. You definitely understand how to bring an issue to light and make it important. More and more people need to look at this and understand this side of your story. It’s surprising you aren’t more popular because you most certainly possess the gift.
    http://devinpc2sy.bloggin-ads.com/21281860/rumored-buzz-on

  29. Similar searches office black office fuck japanese massage school real office office real doctor office asian office secretary office homemade maid work boss office hidden latina real office sex office amateur office ebony brazzers teen indian mom office sex stockings teacher lesbian nurse office boss milf secretary More…
    NAUGHTY AMERICA TOO MUCH OFFICE SEX. 720p 13 min Naughty America – 1.7M Views – 720p. There is one rule in the office. 720p 26 min Davidaarians – 2M Views – 1080p. Busty teen Kseniya has anal sex at the office. 1080p 6 min Teens Fucking – 3.2M Views – 720p. MS.AR GOOD PUSSY ASS UP FACE DOWN IN OFFICE CHAIR SLOW MOTION.

    https://www.sex-ly.com/en/1/90/office-sex – office sex

  30. I was actually itching to treat some wager some change on some sports matches that are phenomenon auspicious now. I wanted to let you guys know that I did spot what I consider to be the kindest orientation in the USA.
    If you poverty to bring back in on the engagement, scrutinize it out-moded: blackjack online real money paypal

  31. Hi, I do think this is an excellent blog. I stumbledupon it 😉 I’m going to revisit yet again since I bookmarked it. Money and freedom is the best way to change, may you be rich and continue to guide other people.
    https://creditstrategypartners.com/2021/01/19/%d7%a9%d7%99%d7%a8%d7%95%d7%aa%d7%99-%d7%a0%d7%a2%d7%a8%d7%95%d7%aa-%d7%9c%d7%99%d7%95%d7%95%d7%99-%d7%a4%d7%a8%d7%98%d7%99%d7%95%d7%aa-%d7%9c%d7%a9%d7%a2%d7%94-%d7%a1%d7%95%d7%9b%d7%a0%d7%95%d7%99/

  32. May I simply just say what a relief to discover someone who actually knows what they are discussing online. You definitely understand how to bring a problem to light and make it important. A lot more people need to look at this and understand this side of your story. I can’t believe you are not more popular because you most certainly possess the gift.

  33. Can I simply say what a relief to uncover somebody who actually knows what they are discussing on the net. You definitely know how to bring an issue to light and make it important. More and more people have to check this out and understand this side of your story. I can’t believe you aren’t more popular because you surely possess the gift.
    http://chrisb470pcp9.bloggerbags.com/profile

  34. Can I simply say what a relief to discover somebody who genuinely understands what they’re discussing on the internet. You actually realize how to bring an issue to light and make it important. More and more people have to look at this and understand this side of your story. I was surprised you are not more popular because you most certainly possess the gift.
    https://landengv147.estate-blog.com/1633095/the-fact-about-????-????????-that-no-one-is-suggesting

  35. Can I simply say what a relief to find somebody who truly knows what they’re talking about over the internet. You actually realize how to bring an issue to light and make it important. A lot more people have to check this out and understand this side of the story. I was surprised that you are not more popular given that you certainly possess the gift.
    http://625war.kr/sinbul_info/883678

  36. I was actually itching to fix it some wager some monied on some sports matches that are episode auspicious now. I wanted to disillusion admit you guys recall that I did understand what I consider to be the best site in the USA.
    If you fall short of to pull down in on the engagement, verify it out of the closet: gambling games online real money

  37. May I simply say what a relief to uncover somebody who really knows what they’re talking about online. You actually realize how to bring an issue to light and make it important. More people need to check this out and understand this side of your story. I was surprised that you aren’t more popular because you surely possess the gift.
    https://saulj703xly3.vidublog.com/profile

  38. May I just say what a relief to find someone that really understands what they are talking about over the internet. You certainly realize how to bring an issue to light and make it important. A lot more people have to look at this and understand this side of your story. I was surprised that you’re not more popular given that you surely have the gift.
    https://henryk703xlz2.bloggactivo.com/profile

  39. May I simply just say what a comfort to discover someone that genuinely understands what they are discussing on the web. You certainly know how to bring a problem to light and make it important. More and more people must read this and understand this side of the story. I was surprised that you aren’t more popular since you surely have the gift.
    https://juliusnj714.bcbloggers.com/1632173/detailed-notes-on-?????-?????????

  40. Chatbots in cellular applications and portable messaging tools and tools
    like AI speech colleagues could help eliminate the
    screen-size discomfort position by introducing more
    speech functions that reduce the necessity to physically type
    cost qualifications, in item brands, and shipping info.

  41. I was actually itching to get some wager some money on some sports matches that are phenomenon above-board now. I wanted to disillusion admit you guys identify that I did spot what I weigh to be the a-one orientation in the USA.
    If you want to bring back in on the spirit, scrutinize it minus: real money casino online

  42. It is perfect time to make a few plans for the longer
    term and it’s time to be happy. I have read this submit and if I may just I desire
    to counsel you few fascinating things or tips. Maybe you can write subsequent articles regarding this
    article. I wish to read even more issues approximately it!

  43. You actually make it appear really easy together with your presentation but I in finding this topic to be actually something that I think I would never understand. It kind of feels too complicated and extremely large for me. I’m having a look ahead on your subsequent put up, I will try to get the hang of it!

  44. Hello there, just became alert to your blog through Google, and found that it’s truly informative. I?m gonna watch out for brussels. I will appreciate if you continue this in future. Numerous people will be benefited from your writing. Cheers!

  45. hey there and thank you for your info ? I?ve definitely picked up something new from right here. I did however expertise a few technical points using this web site, since I experienced to reload the site a lot of times previous to I could get it to load properly. I had been wondering if your web hosting is OK? Not that I’m complaining, but slow loading instances times will often affect your placement in google and could damage your high-quality score if ads and marketing with Adwords. Anyway I?m adding this RSS to my e-mail and can look out for much more of your respective intriguing content. Ensure that you update this again very soon..

  46. Howdy! Do you know if they make any plugins to assist with Search Engine Optimization? I’m trying to get my blog to rank for some targeted keywords but I’m not seeing very good results. If you know of any please share. Many thanks!

  47. hey there and thank you for your information ? I have definitely picked up something new from right here. I did however expertise a few technical points using this site, as I experienced to reload the website lots of times previous to I could get it to load correctly. I had been wondering if your hosting is OK? Not that I’m complaining, but sluggish loading instances times will often affect your placement in google and could damage your high quality score if advertising and marketing with Adwords. Well I?m adding this RSS to my e-mail and could look out for a lot more of your respective fascinating content. Make sure you update this again very soon..

  48. Hi, I do think your site could possibly be having internet browser compatibility issues. When I take a look at your blog in Safari, it looks fine however when opening in IE, it’s got some overlapping issues. I just wanted to give you a quick heads up! Other than that, great site!
    http://App.Are.Ntf.Yn.Q@www.klein-putz.net/info.php?a%5B%5D=%3Ca+href%3Dhttps://israelnightclub.com/%25D7%25A0%25D7%25A2%25D7%25A8%25D7%2595%25D7%25AA-%25D7%259C%25D7%2599%25D7%2595%25D7%2595%25D7%2599-%25D7%2591%25D7%2597%25D7%2599%25D7%25A4%25D7%2594/%3E%D7%A0%D7%A2%D7%A8%D7%95%D7%AA+%D7%9C%D7%99%D7%95%D7%95%D7%99+%D7%91%D7%97%D7%99%D7%A4%D7%94%3C/a%3E

  49. It is appropriate time to make a few plans for the future and it is time to be happy. I’ve learn this submit and if I may I wish to suggest you few interesting things or tips. Perhaps you can write subsequent articles relating to this article. I want to read even more issues approximately it!

  50. Heya i’m for the first time here. I found this board and I to find It truly helpful & it helped me out a lot. I hope to offer one thing again and help others such as you helped me.

  51. I haven’t checked in here for a while because I thought it was getting boring, but the last few posts are good quality so I guess I’ll add you back to my everyday bloglist. You deserve it my friend 🙂

  52. Woah! I’m really digging the template/theme of this website.
    It’s simple, yet effective. A lot of times it’s hard to get that “perfect balance” between superb
    usability and visual appeal. I must say that you’ve done a excellent job
    with this. Additionally, the blog loads extremely quick for me
    on Chrome. Outstanding Blog!