The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is launching a research and development arm with blockchain-related core activity.
Known as CIA Labs, the new arm will also research artificial intelligence(AI), biotechnology, virtual and augmented reality, robotic advanced manufacturing, quantum computing, data analytics as well as other cutting-edge technologies.
The CIA Labs will “bring CIA officers together with the private sector and academia to research and develop science and technology solutions in support of the CIA’s mission.”
According to the the agency statement, CIA Labs’ researches willl be focused on “new challenges and improve existing solutions.”
Over the few past years, the U.S. government has actively use the blockchain technology. For instance, The Internal Revenue Service, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Secret Service have all signed up to use Coinbase Analytics, the exchange’s blockchain analytics software.