Thursday, November 6, 2008

DOD Wants Pack Robots

The DOD wants robot packs to hunt for meatsacks humans:
The Department of Defense has put out a call: design a pack of robots. A so-called Multi-Robot Pursuit System would be used to "search for and detect a non-cooperative human subject." Each robot has to weigh 100 kilograms or less, act autonomously (with a human squad leader), negotiate obstacles, and provide immediate feedback. The robots would report back to a human operator, and defer to that human when the robot AI determines that a "difficult decision" is required.
Seriously though, I think it is an open question whether this sort of field operations automation is net positive or negative move in comparison with the usual field ops.

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