ANALYZE ON THE FLY
"Video processing was one of those things that was really enabled by computing power," Hoogs says. "Video [computer vision] didn't really take off until the mid-'90s because digital video was rare. Having digital video and the ability to process it somewhat efficiently--this was enabled by bigger computers and bigger computer disks."
But bigger computers and bigger storage architectures are a problem when it comes to UAVs like the Reaper or Predator that have limited payload capacities. Now the military has more digital video than it can handle and as sensors get lighter and more robust, drones are streaming back more data at even higher resolutions to stations on the ground. Data downlinks are bottlenecking between the point of data collection and the end users on the ground.
One solution, as Deptula sees it, is to keep the 95 percent of the data that isn't useful in the sky and only downlink the most relevant information. That means performing data processing on the fly. An aircraft that can carry a supercomputer can process its own data in real time, tagging it, organizing it, and storing it as it goes. Multiple analysts could then access the on-board database from the ground simultaneously, offloading only the pre-processed data they need rather than waiting for terabytes of raw data to downlink and be processed on the ground.
That's exactly the capability Deptula and MAV6 aim to provide the Air Force. MAV6's Blue Devil airship is being developed under a $86.2 million USAF contract as a potential solution to the data glut currently bogging down intel analysts in Afghanistan. Though not a speed demon, Blue Devil will be capable of long-duration ISR missions (manned or unmanned), pack a robust range of sensors, and be able to interface with other ISR capabilities like Reaper drones.
But the key innovation is its on-board supercomputer--packing the equivalent of 2,000 single-core servers and 500 terabytes of non-volatile memory--that will be able to process and catalog intel as it is collected. The ability to process that data on the fly and extract and downlink only the most pertinent intel will drastically improve the speed at which useful data reaches decision-makers on the ground and vastly reduce the noise that contributes to the overall data glut.
Sounds like a good job for Watson!
I am sorry to report that some troops did not receive proper drone support do to network lag and casualties resulted.
Well, we knew that this was going to be the hard nut to crack when this system was first implemented. Our domestic taxes on wireless broadband access; that are higher in some states than taxes on liquor or cigarettes, are supposed to be going into building infrastructure specifically to combat these trends that are only going to get worse. Sadly, those taxes are not building anything except personal bank accounts for the masters of our universe. Those who think there is plenty of time to come up with some sort of magic bullet fix. But one simple thing is in the way of any magic bullet fix, and that's the fact that other countries' citizens have access to domestic consumer computer speeds that those who would normally be called on to come up with the big fix cannot access. And once again, America, China is laughing it's ass off about it, as is Japan and India. Our president SAYS that we need our citizens to stand up, dig in, and get creative in the face of the emerging third world...but we aren't ACTUALLY allowed to. Now that we are sending our latest airliners to those countries, they'll be able to pull off mass airlifting of troops when they decide to forcefully expand their borders, and considering that they ALL have been inside our most sensitive systems plenty of times, when they decide to it will be a fait accompli with the knowledge they've gained thus far. One more time, I'll make my doomcrier rounds; begging our nation to GET OFF THE TECHNOLOGY TIT, because just as in Viet Nam and all the other places since, we aren't being ALLOWED to win the field of contention in the new battlespace.
so now robots will be controlling the robots... eventually they will control us!
Consider things we take for granted and no longer notice in life.
The city traffic light system is computer controlled. The environmental systems in a building are computer controlled. Much public works systems are computer controlled.
You put a search request into GOOGLE decides what you see on the first page, the order of things. So even part of your thought process is influence by computers.
I am sure the list is 100s times longer than this.
We are very much already controlled by computers.
Sounds like they need to enroll in ml-class.org
To start with, why do they need those huge earphones? I do better at home.