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.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
The DOD wants robot packs to hunt for