DoD Announces Successful Micro-Drone Demonstration

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  1. geochem1st

    geochem1st V.I.P. Member

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    I'm in to high tech and AI. This is just amazing.... and if you consider the possibilities if each drone was armed...

    Department of Defense Announces Successful Micro-Drone Demonstration

    "In one of the most significant tests of autonomous systems under development by the Department of Defense, the Strategic Capabilities Office, partnering with Naval Air Systems Command, successfully demonstrated one of the world’s largest micro-drone swarms at China Lake, California. The test, conducted in October 2016 and documented on Sunday’s CBS News program “60 Minutes”, consisted of 103 Perdix drones launched from three F/A-18 Super Hornets. The micro-drones demonstrated advanced swarm behaviors such as collective decision-making, adaptive formation flying, and self-healing. "

    "“Due to the complex nature of combat, Perdix are not pre-programmed synchronized individuals, they are a collective organism, sharing one distributed brain for decision-making and adapting to each other like swarms in nature,” said SCO Director William Roper. “Because every Perdix communicates and collaborates with every other Perdix, the swarm has no leader and can gracefully adapt to drones entering or exiting the team.”

    https://www.defense.gov/News/News-R...nnounces-successful-micro-drone-demonstration


    The video of the test speaks for itself, watch the whole thing:
    https://www.dvidshub.net/video/504622/perdix-swarm-demo-oct-2016


    Edit:

    Drone used in test Fact Sheet:
    https://www.defense.gov/Portals/1/Documents/pubs/Perdix Fact Sheet.pdf
     
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    EDS1275 Banned

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    think i saw those on vice's cyberwars. yep, skynet's only a matter of time... not joking
     
  3. THDNUT

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    It's the beginning of the Borg. :wow:
     
  4. Maynar

    Maynar Now there's that look in your eye Premium Member

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    That's bloody awesome, but scary at the same time.
     
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    Kids from MIT invented the drones, they are 3 D printed and relatively cheap. The swarming aspect is remarkable. Still trying to wrap my head around how they achieve this:

    "They* share* a*distributed* brain* for* decision‐making* and* adapt* to* each* other,* and*the*environment,*much*like*swarms*in*nature.*Because*every*Perdix*communicates*
    and* collaborates* with* every* other* Perdix,* the* swarm* has* no* leader* and* can*
    gracefully* adapt* to* changes* in* drone* numbers.*This*allows* this*team* of* small*
    inexpensive*drones*to*perform*missions*once*done*by*large*expensive*ones.*"
     
  7. Maynar

    Maynar Now there's that look in your eye Premium Member

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    Fish schools do the same, don't they?
     
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    Isn't this how the flying monkeys work in The Wizard of Oz?
     
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    this reminds me of that show on netflix ( black mirror ) where they
    invented ai bees to help pollination due to natural bees going extinct.

    then, someone took control over all of them. the population voted via
    social media who to kill, and the ai bees did the dirty work.

    good luck with that.
     
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    The power to swarm is the power to destroy:

    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vm2SuAPuA38[/ame]
     
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    I read it too. A.I. gets closer and closer...
     
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    How many can you take out with one shell of birdshot? :laugh2:
     
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    Can you imaging being the target and hearing hundreds of small drones buzzing, knowing all the little bastards are gunning for you. I think the pucker factor would be very high.

    Sure you will get some of them, but you likely won't get all of them.

    I have no idea how they would typically deploy. But I see no reason they couldn't be dropped from high altitude before powering up. You could have a thousand of those things drop silently from the sky and activate right over your head. You'd be overwhelmed before you even knew you were under attack.
     
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    Each one with a plastic grenade full of BBs. :shock:
     
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    And insects, like ants (ants achieve highly complex problem solving with very simple actions and responses), birds and others. Our creating algorithms, robotics, and products that mimic nature is a fairly new field of research known as biomimicry.

    For many of the animals that swarm, like fish, it's my understanding that we don't understand the mechanisms yet on how they signal each other for complex turns and patterns, what they key off of - if there is a biologist in the house please feel free to correct me and help out as this isn't my field.


    Not enough. I imagine them being deployed by the thousands for certain operations. The article states that this is the 6th generation of the drones... generation 7 with major upgrades is being rolled out now. These drones are constructed of off the shelf commercial grade materials.
     
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    no matter what it is, some manage to get shooting at it into the picture. :D
     
  17. Tone deaf

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    This has been in development for a long time. I worked with a group that was doing this with UAVs (about 6' wingspan) 10 years ago. They used AI, sent up the swarm, sent up some parameters and the AI planned the mission to achieve the objectives.
     
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    The drones themselves don't matter, while your dealing with that a f35 is going to sneak in and smoke you.
     
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    6 foot wingspans? That would be like a swarm of condors, blackening the sky... not too stealthy.
     
  20. electric head

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    here we go.....

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