Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Application of Learning Principles for Antiterrorism?
Israel National News reports that researchers are now using trained mice in the fight against terrorists. By training these rodents to respond to various scents that are associated with bomb-making materials, these researchers hope to use this system to help identify security threats. According to the article "...the firm claims it conducted a successful experiment in a Tel Aviv shopping center in December 2009, in which 22 explosive charges were planted on people entering the mall, or in objects they carried. All 22 charges were identified by the mice." Time will tell whether this turns out to be a viable means for detecting terrorist activities. Successful or not for this purpose, however, this is a clear example of learning applications at work.