Drone swarms. Why we should pay attention.
Nobody around here the citys been constructed by a u.s military experimental unit to see how swarms of unmanned systems can storm urban environments at least 250 drones and school bag. Sized rovers working with different levels of autonomy, theyre looking for high value items, but must work around hazards in the area. Darpa first invited tech teams onto this program in 2017. Music. This is the final experiment. The idea is for swarms to gather intelligence for living, breathing troops from areas with tall buildings and poor lines of sight. Now this could all feel a little bit close to home, but theyre all moving to the tune of human commanders who lay out algorithms from afar. So how concerned, should you be watching this from a quiet town of your own, its easy for us to perhaps envisage that being our house thats being looked at thats being observed from the ground and from above and perhaps somebodys looking at it with an intention to Do us harm in some way, so, yes, it should be uncomfortable, because war is uncomfortable and military forces. They do some terrible things in terrible situations and hopefully for good reasons. Every major step forward in military technology tends to bring a degree of both concern and then on the military side, there can be enthusiasm because theres, a new capability that might come and make the job easier. What might look suspicious from one end of a street from an airborne drone might actually look quite benign when, when checked from three or four other angles and the beauty of a swarm, is you can get those different perspectives at the same time, what appears on screen Is probably more impressive looking than the reality of what can be applied right now, previous workouts, under the offensive swarm, enabled tactics program have seen a focus on urban raids from the information released theyre, not even trying to identify humans say with virtual recognition.
The more controversial area, of course, is if you develop that kind of capability further and then put an arm system in the way teaming swarms with humans is a priority darpa asking groups to take control on mobiles and tablets, as well as virtual and augmented reality platforms. The uk wants man not machine to make the final decision on pulling triggers, but while others share the same ideas when it comes to swarming this technology, there is a new armed race, its a new drones arm face to to be on top of technology. Imagine group, like isis or their successors or affiliates, because the technology is available off the shelf that can be adapted and used. What is really difficult and thats. The great challenge is having multiple of these drones all talking to one system, i think the more complex the more its it really needs entire countries and national infrastructures to support the development. Special hive vehicles were also on show transporting and deploying up to 80 drones nearby and then charging them when needed. The large hive vehicle in some ways is an acknowledgement of the fundamental limitation of these small drones, and that is the battery life. If i was trying to counter these drones, which are delivered by a vehicle that charges all its batteries, i would only be thinking how do i counter the vehicle? Darpa says these swarms are rapidly nearing availability for future operations, and you dont have to look much closer to see why tom sables forces news.