Drones of the Future Will Make Own Decisions

Prepare for "swarms" of unmanned drones able to choose their own targets

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Air Force photo / Lt Col Leslie Pratt

An MQ-1 Predator drone

Drones will eventually be equipped with stronger chemical weapons and able to make their own decisions, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Defense.

In a 25-year roadmap for unmanned vehicles, the DoD revealed it hopes to increase drone capabilities in order to save money and better protect the nation’s skies. Currently, drones require extensive manpower on the ground in order to fly and follow precise commands. But in order to cut down on the expense of pilots, the DoD plans to build autonomous drones able to deviate from given missions to pursue a better target, by following a certain set of “laws” delineated by algorithms and advanced sensors.

Drones will also be able to hunt in “swarms” launched from an unmanned “mothership.” These so-called kamikaze drones will be programmed to crash into targets.

Other drones will be equipped with even more deadly chemical weapons.

8 comments
EricBozinny
EricBozinny

Yikes. Daniel Suarez wrote a fictional book on this future of swarming, autonomous drones. Taking humans out of the loop, it allows for that many more drones to be deployed. Moreover, using swarm technology based on how ant colonies navigate, smaller, hover type drones can be deployed by the thousands to attack targets. It's a good, and scary read. Kill Decision by Daniel Suarez.

SClayton1932
SClayton1932

The article says "Other drones will be equipped with even more deadly chemical weapons."  Throwing a statement like that out without some detail is irresponsible.  The US has no deployed chemical weapons.  That statement implies current UAVs are armed with those weapons and future UAVs will be more lethal.  Is the report referring to other countries UAV's?  Is the report referring to some post apocalyptic future where the bans on chemical weapons are dropped?   


Piss poor, fear mongering journalism.



troyg318
troyg318

the dawn of skynet and sentinel begins to unfold.

JimFisher
JimFisher

Hey future drone if you scanning the net in the future tell skynet to nuke the humans

. Nuke nuke nuke

CraigLafler
CraigLafler

so let me see, we attacked Iraq because they had chemical weapons, gave money to rebels in other 3rd world countries to attack their own gov't because they used chemical weapons....AND NOW WE'RE GOING TO ARM UNMANNED AIRCRAFT WITH THEM!!! AND LET THEM ATTACK WHAT EVER IT CHOOSES? HOW CAN A MACHINE TELL WHOSE GOOD FROM THE BAD?

JohnNagel
JohnNagel

Okay, can anybody say TERMINATOR???? What about when these things are turned on US? This has already happened with psychotronic weaponry,


Bob Woodward talking about psychotronic weaponry use in Iraq, which HE NEVER REPORTED ON. BOB WOODWARD  IS A DISGRACE TO HIS PROFESSION. He reported on a minor crime story and got rich, but passed on the biggest story of all time. Now these weapons are being used against us! The Brain Invaders segment on Jesse Ventura's Conspiracy Theory says that this so-called "mind control" technology has been used against Occupy and huge numbers of US citizens by the Obama administraiton / look Brain Invaders up on youtube. Why should you care? Because you could be next...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLhOUFYjTDM

Bullsgt
Bullsgt

Are there Razzies for magazines?? Just when I think you couldn't go any lower in the shlock journalism pit you manage to do so.


redlab
redlab

@SClayton1932 I checked the report and saw nothing about chemical weapons. As for the "thinking" drones and the motherships, p. 78-79 of the DOD report make passing reference to old programs like LOCAAS and Israel's IAI Harpy programs, in a mere summary of the current state of drones that select their own targets. The section has no mention for future plans whatsoever, and the "mothership" part is a description of a USAF prototype with no plans for production. Do they even have editors on news websites anymore? I tweeted the author expecting some kind of response or defense, but nothing. 

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