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Swarms of Robot Soldiers Could Make Better Decisions Than Human Leaders on Data-Strewn Battlefields
Popular Science ^ | 11/30/2010 | Clay Dillow

Posted on 11/30/2010 10:02:31 PM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld

Modern warfare relies increasingly on robotics for intelligence gathering and increasingly for strike capabilities, but the decision-making capacity still rests solely in the hands of human commanders. But British defense company BAE systems is testing a way to turn over battlefield decisions over to robot troops as well.

ALADDIN (Autonomous Learning Agents for Decentralised Data and Information Networks) is BAE’s response to the overload of sensors and data now confronting battlefield commanders who now have UAV observations, soldier-based sensors, satellite data, and reams of other intelligence washing over them in such volumes that, as Air Force Lt. Gen. David A. Deptula puts it, they’ll be “swimming in sensors and drowning in data.” The system allows a network of robot soldiers to quickly collect and exchange information and then to bargain with each other to determine the best course of action and execute it.

The robots are armed to the teeth with algorithms employing a range of models – game theory, probabilistic modeling, optimization techniques – that let them predict outcomes and allocate battlefield resources far more quickly and efficiently than humans trying to process the same amount of data. All that should help troops – both robotic and otherwise – keep stay afloat in the data deluge

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: battlefield; robots; science; soldiers; warfare

1 posted on 11/30/2010 10:02:36 PM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld
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To: ErnstStavroBlofeld

NUTTZ!!!!


2 posted on 11/30/2010 10:03:32 PM PST by SoldierDad (Proud Papa of two new Army Brats! Congrats to my Soldier son and his wife.)
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I love it. They can operate in any enviornment 24/7. You do not have to worry about feeding them. They obey any command.


3 posted on 11/30/2010 10:05:11 PM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld
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To: ErnstStavroBlofeld

Terminators.


4 posted on 11/30/2010 10:08:57 PM PST by Roklok
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To: ErnstStavroBlofeld
ALADDIN (Autonomous Learning Agents for Decentralised Data and Information Networks) is BAE’s response to the overload of sensors and data now confronting battlefield commanders who now have UAV observations, soldier-based sensors, satellite data, and reams of other intelligence washing over them in such volumes that, as Air Force Lt. Gen. David A. Deptula puts it, they’ll be “swimming in sensors and drowning in data.”

They should have named it SKYNET.

5 posted on 11/30/2010 10:11:27 PM PST by Huntress (Who the hell are you to tell me what's in my best interests?)
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To: ErnstStavroBlofeld

spend gazillion dollars on this and hajji will find a way to blow it up somehow.


6 posted on 11/30/2010 10:11:32 PM PST by GodfearingTexan
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To: ErnstStavroBlofeld

I am sort of with Sheldon on this one (or maybe Grant).

I want to have a Cyborg army with my mind in control! My only concern is that when I have nightmares the entire army will stand in front of the High School assembly wearing nothing but underwear.


7 posted on 11/30/2010 10:11:32 PM PST by freedumb2003 (FYI: everything I post is IMHO -- YOU JACKWAGON! [no offense -- I just like that word])
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To: ErnstStavroBlofeld

Armed Roombas.


8 posted on 11/30/2010 10:12:41 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: Roklok

I love this. This is a mad scientist dream. An army that will fight to the bitter end.


9 posted on 11/30/2010 10:13:07 PM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld
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To: ErnstStavroBlofeld

“They obey any command”

Including unlawful ones....


10 posted on 11/30/2010 10:13:54 PM PST by Crim (The Obama Doctrine : A doctrine based on complete ignorance,applied with extreme incompetence..)
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To: freedumb2003

>My only concern is that when I have nightmares the entire army will stand in front of the High School assembly wearing nothing but underwear.

And that in turn will cause the demand for psychological counseling to go up....
I made the wrong career choice.


11 posted on 11/30/2010 10:14:05 PM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: ErnstStavroBlofeld

Maybe this will work with Congressmen and Federal Judges.


12 posted on 11/30/2010 10:14:27 PM PST by ZULU (No nation which tried to tolerate Islam escaped Islamization.)
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To: Huntress

LOL! Thats what me first thought was!


13 posted on 11/30/2010 10:16:18 PM PST by gracie1 (Look, just because you have to tolerate something doesnÂ’t mean you have to approve of it.)
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To: Crim

And those of the hackers who compromise the datalink.


14 posted on 11/30/2010 10:20:05 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: Crim

There is no civility in war.


15 posted on 11/30/2010 10:21:48 PM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld
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To: Roklok

16 posted on 11/30/2010 10:22:17 PM PST by jakerobins
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To: OneWingedShark

>>I made the wrong career choice<<

Big bucks missed there for sure!


17 posted on 11/30/2010 10:23:06 PM PST by freedumb2003 (FYI: everything I post is IMHO -- YOU JACKWAGON! [no offense -- I just like that word])
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To: ErnstStavroBlofeld

Bull crap! No program is more advanced than the PROGRAMMER.


18 posted on 11/30/2010 10:24:35 PM PST by MortMan (To Obama "Kill them all and let [God] sort them out" is an abortion slogan.)
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To: GodfearingTexan; RaceBannon
spend gazillion dollars on this and hajji will find a way to blow it up somehow.

Dr. Quest and Race would never allow me to do that!

19 posted on 11/30/2010 10:25:46 PM PST by freedumb2003 (FYI: everything I post is IMHO -- YOU JACKWAGON! [no offense -- I just like that word])
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To: MortMan

There is a thing called Artificial Intelligence


20 posted on 11/30/2010 10:34:17 PM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld
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To: ErnstStavroBlofeld
“There is no civility in war.”

Doesnt need to be a "war"....A robot doesnt understand the term posse comitatus

21 posted on 11/30/2010 10:36:06 PM PST by Crim (The Obama Doctrine : A doctrine based on complete ignorance,applied with extreme incompetence..)
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To: ErnstStavroBlofeld

22 posted on 11/30/2010 10:41:54 PM PST by PA Engineer (Liberate America from the occupation media. There are Wars and Rumors of War.)
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To: PA Engineer

My Army


23 posted on 11/30/2010 10:43:17 PM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld
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To: Crim

Pull the plug.Install an algorithm that if robots commit insurrection against humans relay a command to shut down.


24 posted on 11/30/2010 10:45:02 PM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld
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To: ErnstStavroBlofeld

“Pull the plug.Install an algorithm that if robots commit insurrection against humans relay a command to shut down”

and someone gets to define “insurrection”...Algorithms can be hacked...commands can be jammed or overidden...

How about we just dont build the damn things instead of having to figure out how to kill them later on when they do as all things do...malfunction.


25 posted on 11/30/2010 11:08:27 PM PST by Crim (The Obama Doctrine : A doctrine based on complete ignorance,applied with extreme incompetence..)
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To: Crim

“Posse comitatus” is a feel-good law with no real effect.
The Constitution, which supersedes it, says:
“To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions;”
Again, that is to CALL FORTH THE MILITIA TO EXECUTE THE LAWS OF THE UNION.


26 posted on 11/30/2010 11:46:56 PM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: Army Air Corps

Too funny!


27 posted on 12/01/2010 12:28:03 AM PST by hulagirl (Mother Theresa was right)
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To: ErnstStavroBlofeld

Who specifies the boundaries within which artificial intelligence operates? For instance, would you want an AI commander to have access to battlefield nukes? What constraints would you place on their use? How would you specify those constraints in a manner which cannot be subverted by the AI’s ability to shape its understanding?

You have much more faith in the programmers of the computer than I do. Even AI has a layer of human-engineered code underneath it all.


28 posted on 12/01/2010 5:44:30 AM PST by MortMan (To Obama "Kill them all and let [God] sort them out" is an abortion slogan.)
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To: hulagirl

>> armed roombas <<

Great. Give the dog reason to be scared of them.


29 posted on 12/01/2010 5:58:07 AM PST by dangus
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To: MortMan

Those are the programmers and army commanders to sort it out


30 posted on 12/01/2010 7:00:01 PM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld
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