The results of this year's Darpa Grand Challenge robotic race were even better than expected: five unmanned vehicles operating without remote controls finished a 132-mi., obstacle-strewn desert course on Oct. 8; four did it under the 10-hr. deadline. That's a huge improvement over Darpa's first race in 2004, when none of the vehicles made it more than a few miles. A key objective of this year's race was promoting the potential of artificial intelligence (AI). Darpa seeks to reignite ...

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