August 9, 2018 By Joseph P. Farrell

A couple of days ago I blogged about DARPA's quest for a "new electronics", and the day before that, about steam locomotives and typewriters. Well, As today's tidbit suggests, we're not quite done with steam locomotives, and as one might guess, I'm not done with some really high octane speculation about what DARPA might be up to.  In that previous blog, you'll recall I was speculating about a new type of electronics with "adaptable architecture," i.e., an actual hard technology that could adapt more or less instantaneously to changing circumstances threatening to a circuitry, like electrical transients. A kind person pointed out there were difficulties with that view, and of course there are. But this, I responded, is DARPA we're dealing with, and thinking outside the box would seem to fit the subject.

We'll get back to that "new electronics" and adaptable architecture in a moment for some more really high octane speculation, after we consider this article shared by Mr. G.B., for it seems DARPA is developing some novel cyber-security capability:

DARPA prototypes 'breakthrough' cyberattack 'hunting' technology

Now, please read the following paragraphs in connection to that "adaptable architecture new electronics" I blogged about previously this week, for taking the two ideas together constitutes the basis of my high octane speculation:

DARPA and BAE Systems are prototyping a new AI-empowered cybersecurity technology to fight new waves of highly sophisticated cyberattacks specifically engineered to circumvent the best existing defenses.

The program, called Cyber Hunting at Scale (CHASE), uses computer automation, advanced algorithms and a new caliber of processing speed to track large volumes of data in real-time, enabling human cyber hunters to find advanced attacks otherwise hidden or buried within massive amounts of incoming data.

DARPA information explains the technology as “adaptive data collection” able to conduct real-time investigations by sifting through enormous amounts of information not “trackable” by human defenders.


CHASE aims to prototype components that enable network owners to reconfigure sensors…at machine speed with appropriate levels of human supervision,” Roberts writes.

“We use advanced modeling to detect and defeat cyber threats that currently go undetected in large enterprise networks,” Hamilton explained. (Emphasis added)

It's that statement about "reconfiguring sensors at machine speed" that suggested we might be looking at that "adaptable architecture" electronics I was speculating about a couple of days ago. To understand my high octane speculation of the day, it is necessary to bear two things in mind. First, I am taking the above statements to mean, in other words, that DARPA wants not only an adaptable software or program, but actual hardware that also adapts and works in tandem with the software.  In effect, what we are looking at, I believe, are some of the components in the "technology tree" that must be in place for an artificial intelligence to function.  The second component is more obvious: cyber-security and hacking have already been weaponized not only by various corporations but by various countries. Wed this to the adaptable electronic architecture, and one has the basis for today's high octane speculation.

Actually, I suppose that today's high octane speculation is more of a high octane (and still very speculative) scenario: suppose, for a moment, that China, Russia, Japan, France, Chase Manhattan, the Rottenchilds, the Rockefailures - you know, the usual suspects - all manage to develop the capabilities I've outlined above, and a kind of AI cyber-warfare begins to develop, and in the course of this, manages to start changing the architecture of the Internet, or the adaptive electronics on your desktop computer. As these combative adaptable architectures battle it out, more and more computing power and bandwidth and so on is sucked into the storm, your computer is literally "drafted" into the fight by that adaptive AI electronics and program, until the whole system is one tangle of constantly adapting attack and defense, and as more and more computing power reserves are called on becomes is so slow, or collapses altogether, that people simply abandon it. Imagine such a scenario's impact on financial clearing (save those chits from your bank, or better yet, buy a mattress, a typewriter, and some postage stamps).

Yea, I know. It's science fiction. It's impossible. Can't be done.

That's probably correct. Science once assured us that the human body could never handle the breathtaking speeds above 30 mph too, that the sound barrier would never be broken, &c &c.

See you on the... Woops. I forgot something.

... check out the video in today's tidbit. Yea, it's about steam locomotives, and listen very carefully and consider the implications of what's being said...

See you on the flip side...