Cognitive Readiness Technology In The Military
The US Military is looking into ways to make soldiers as smart as they are strong.
The US Military is looking into ways to make soldiers as smart as they are strong. Their new Cognitive Readiness Technology program is soliciting ideas on how to model efficient cognition, and better sync up humans with computer-based systems.
Neuroscience is at the locus of the program, because before they can super-charge cognition, Pentagon scientists need to understand exactly how it works. So they’re launching “Neuromorphic Models of Human Social Cultural Behavior (HSCB),” in an effort to accurately model human cognition, including how we perceive, learn and retain information. HSCB models already exist, and are used by troops and decision-makers to predict the outcome of a choices during a mission. But the models “are only as good as the fidelity of the human behavior representations (HBR) that form them.” Right now, those representations are based entirely on empirical observation, which the military wants to swap out for a model that can tap into “the functions of the brain that give rise to actual human cognition.”