Nowadays, nearly one in three American military aircraft is a drone, according to a congressional report, a 40-fold increase in the drone army from just a few years ago. From tiny man-portable flying wings to behemoth strike planes, unmanned aircraft now make up 31 percent of the military's air power.
The vast majority of these are dronelets that can be used to conduct surveillance but could barely carry cargo, let alone humans. But it's impressive to note that nearly a third of warplanes are robots, especially considering that in 2005, the number was just 5 percent. Danger Room obtained a Congressional Research Service report detailing the Pentagon's drone habit, which you can read in its entirety here.
There are probably too many redundant drones, the report finds, and they're bandwidth hogs to boot. But drones are here to stay, and will likely take on increasingly complicated responsibilities in the future military, from recognizing faces to launching mini weapons to drones that can drop propaganda. Check out some of our favorite drones in this field guide.
While the vast majority of money spent on warplanes still goes to the human-occupied kind, DOD spending on drones has mushroomed from $284 million in 2000 to $3.3 billion in the most recent fiscal year. With new drones on the horizon, including one that can take off and land from an aircraft carrier, these numbers are likely to increase.
I believe by 2025 half the aircraft employed throughout the DOD will be drones or robots. That plan or projection may very well be higher by that time.
no wear filling the skies none human life white is not with any thing but money .
I agree with Dorin. Way to think outside the box and keep putting them in their place.
You know, Skynet is science fiction fantasy. I do not fear Skynet, but I do fear the robotic, computerize, deadly future for mankind and the few in power.
Science sees no further than what it can sense.
Religion sees beyond the senses.
yeah ^^ like in surrogates ^^ you will never lose a good soldier over some life and death choices...
bored? lets go mine the stars... ^^
@Robot..."Skynet is science fiction fantasy", for now...unfortunatley James Cameron may go down in history as creating the mindset in most people that now think "it can't be possible, it was only a movie" as they are being incinerated, making it all the easier for the machines to take over, cheers
I enjoy automatisation, less danger for our men and women in uniform and sheer stunning power that can be unleashed to tame those stray dogs on this earth. Dont even know what hit ya do ya kabooom!
So imagine that we had an automated device to do our every bidding. Our lives would be so convenient that we would never have to do anything at all. Never get out of bed or off the couch. These devices could provide us with education, information, sustainance, entertainment, and all sorts of mental and physical pleasure. No one would ever have to work again as the machines would do all of the work. No milling in factories and workshops, no sales clerks, no drivers, no pilots, no sailors, no business professionals. Every facet of our society would be regulated by a system and maintained by automated devices.
Then, what purpose would our existence serve? We will have succeeded in making ourselves less useless than our own creations, to the point of taking up space. Plus, such lack of potency in our existence will lead to the sterility that eventually kills us off. To much automony in inanimate objects is not a good thing. It would only serve to slowly take away purpose from humanity. We exist to work, explore, experience, ultimately do. That's our function and thus purpose. We should not hand off our purpose to machines for want of an easier life. People retire for an easier life; they retire upon preparing to DIE! The most intelligent thing the human race can do is find away to endure and advance in the future, with the most minimal of automated devices. That would make us truly great.
And, this example of human destruction through over reliance on autonomous devices is not based on James Cameron's concept of a "Rise of the Machines."
if you think smart machines will be our slaves you got it completely backwords, good luck, we need it, cheers
scary stuff. now skynet can easily penetrate our defenses. way to go US military.
"religion is like a prison for the seekers of wisdom"
The most amusing aspect is those logins that get intense, and attacke others for being troll like and those same people absolute trolly.... it is crazy stupid.
See life in all its beautiful colors, and
from different perspectives too!
If robots, nanotechnology, and sustainable energy could bring us towards the age of post-scarcity, then the gap between the rich and the poor will eventually become invalidated. Besides, there would be no reasons for the rich to hog that resource, since by definition, a post-scarcity era could produce enough resources for everyone.
You could say that good old-fashioned human greed and paranoia will prefer fabricating artificial-scarcity (like copyright over copyleft). But I feel that, as we continue to develop our society by being able to provide all of our basic needs, the destiny of mankind will become linked with the fate of every nation on Earth, and that by hurting our neighboring countries, we are essentially weakening ourselves as a species.
Nations and Religions are just abstract concepts, mere borders that hinders the mind, while the Universe and the Internet is vast and near infinite. I believe that in order for us to evolve our society, we must first evolve our minds and how we perceive our place in the larger scheme of things.
The planes in the sky are fine as long as u have the humans controlling them at the controller base thing. If robotic things were controlling the planes a small crowd of people would lose their jobs.not to mention the scaryness of robots doing one day.i like the idea of human controlled things.
I don't think most people realize how stupid computers are. They seem smart. But that's it. Sure, they can calculate things far faster than the human brain, but only because a HUMAN sat down and programed the computer to do so. Computers are only capable of doing what we tell them to do. Everyone wants to think that computers or processors have the potential of emotion and intelligence. Take a basic computer programming class and you will see what I'm talking about. Even the "smart robots" we have today run on complicated algorithms created by HUMANS. so I would appreciate it if people would stop being so ignorant and understand the topic before they jump in with stuff like Skynet. Computers will never be more than complicated algorithms.
Also, There is a certain point where having too many drones will take the war out of war. What i mean is, war needs the human element. Men and women in the line of fire. It creates a moral dilemma and that is the only way war will ever work. If we fight using robots, the human factor is eliminated, and now the battles become "humane." It won't be killing people, it will be killing robots, with people as collateral. That is not war and it should never be. Robots should not have combat roles further than assistance. We should never assist robots.
Unmanned drones are typically used by the military for surveillance, but in the town of Lakota, North Dakota one was used to help arrest a man who may or may not have stolen some cows.