The Mind’s Eye program seeks to develop in machines a capability that currently exists only in animals: visual intelligence. Humans in particular perform a wide range of visual tasks with ease, which no current artificial intelligence can do in a robust way. Humans have inherently strong spatial judgment and are able to learn new spatiotemporal concepts directly from the visual exprience. Humans can visualize scenes and objects, as well as the actions involving those objects. Humans possess a powerful ability to manipulate those imagined scenes mentally to solve problems. A machine‐based implementation of such abilities would be broadly applicable to a wide range of applications.
Darpa Mind’s Eye Program – Industry Day Announcement (DARPA-SN-10-34) – March 15th 2010