The Office of the Director of National Intelligence has announced a competition to “explore opportunities for artificial intelligence and other machine-based approaches to transform the process by which IC analytic products are reviewed and evaluated prior to their dissemination to policymakers and warfighters.”
The Xtend Challenge, with $75,000 in prize money and a focus on machine-based evaluation, follows an earlier contest called the Xpress Challenge focusing on machine-based product generation.
“Today’s human-based evaluation approaches are often subjective and introduce latency that constrains the IC’s ability to produce effective and timely intelligence products, and may inhibit potential gains offered by emerging approaches such as that demonstrated with the Xpress Challenge,” said the agency said. “The Xtend Challenge will not only help the IC to determine the current state of the art in this area, it will also help the community to identify and begin to address the relevant research challenges.”
The contest is seeking technology-based solutions that can evaluate analytic intelligence products against existing IC standards “with minimal or no human intervention. Further, the solvers should describe their solution in the context of allowing analysts and analytic managers to understand and accept the solution and be able to evaluate the solution in terms of its trustworthiness, with minimal additional training.”