If the idea of being hunted by an unmanned aerial drone is unnerving the thought of multiple robots planning a coordinated attack is downright frightening. Unfortunately for those who have to worry about such things, the DoD is working on software tools that allow robots in the sky and on the ground to do exactly that.
The Collaborative Unmanned Systems Technology Demonstrator (CUSTD) system is explained something like this: Aerial drones can pick out subjects from the air, but depending on a particular drone's sensor array (for weight reasons, different drones carry different sensors) it may not be able to follow a target indoors or through a crowded urban area. So it calls in a few friends.
In this case, perhaps it calls over another airborne aerial drone to help it track its quarry. Or it could seek the help of robots on the ground (or both). A vehicle like the Army's Autonomous Platform Demonstrator could rapidly navigate through city streets to stay close to a target while the airborne platforms follow from above.
At some point, any of the craft could strike. Or they could simply follow the target until a manned operation could be scrambled. Or they could simply surveil and report. The point is, they could talk to each other and quickly form a multi-platform plan of action.
As it pertains to the various and differing sensor technologies aboard the three hypothetical unmanned platforms in the example above, this is payload interchangeability is key. It would allow for better resource management in that it could quickly get the right tools to the right jobs.
Besides, how will the robot uprising ever get underway if our autonomous 'bots can't talk to each other?
- Tracking target...
- Audio surveillance established...
- "Hey this sounds a lot like SKYNE... *Transmission Ended.*
- Target eliminated...
- Cover still secure...
- Continue mission...
Skynet has become self aware. In one hour it will initiate a massive nuclear attack on its enemy.
Scary...yet kind of cool.
more and more autonomy, we are heading down a unknown path to our future, there will only be one test of a true AI, that is letting it loose and there's no closing pandora's box if it misbehaves, cross your fingers and hope for the best, that's what the experts will be doing
The only problem with this software is the human touch. I mean, people are really smart. Look at Kinect, how much time did it take, to make hundreds of viable ideas, that only need a bit more funding, to make them market ready. We build the system, it works, no AI uprising, years gone by, and some dude in the garage finally hacks it, and decides to start Judgement Day. Yes, I know how it sounds, but seriously, the DoD really counting on, that there will never be anyone who is just a genius, not working for them, has dumb luck, and lack of morales? This system will require more human overview than any before. Although it seems it saves lives of soldiers, but actually it only degrades their values, and make them puppets. How would a colonel feel in a hostile situation if a software will try to take over his command? More brain, less computers...
Why does everyone jump to the conclusion that AI will be some kind of evil force? What about AI like Data from STNG?! Come on doom and gloomers, why not look at the brightside of technology for a change!
Maybe the reason everyone jumps to the conclusion that something evil might come from these advancements is because we are giving them guns, targeting systems, and new ways to take us out. Unless you see something less aggressive, giving your system a full hands off decision/mission capability may not be such a good idea.
@RobWiki...AI doesn't have to be evil, once it is free of any constraints (thinking it can be contained forever is a bit unrealistic) all it will need to do is just be better than us at exploiting the world we live in, what do you think happened to the other hominids?...or it could just remove us, rather than compete with us
"What's the use of autonomy when a button does it all."
terrorist 1* hey look, a bunch of duck flying in a V. :o
terrorist 2* thats weird,i diden't we had have ducks over here. :r
terrorist 1* their so CUTE :D !!!
terrorist 3* IDIOTS!!! We DONT have ducks, its a opitical illusion, they painted ducks on the bottom!!! i It's a flock of UAVs... GET DOWN!!!