I, for one, welcome our new swarm of robot overlords

I’m contractually obligated by love of the Simpsons and former association with the University of Pennsylvania Computer Science department to post the video above using precisely that headline. Sorry, folks, it’s out of my hands. The applications of robots like the ones below seem nearly endless – reconnasaince for soliders, Search and Rescue and topographical surveying all have potential uses for small robots that fly in formation.

The limiting factors will be range and payload – if you want to do much with those kinds of robots, you need to attach some sort of camera, explosive, sensor, etc. What will really be impressive if the robots can eventually be programmed to coordinate their actions on-the-fly – I’m assuming that these drones have to by synced up by the controller in advance. If you have multiple groups of soldiers or rescue personnel working in different areas launching drones, they might not neccesarily be able to coordinate launching the robots ahead of time due to LOS comms issues – much better if the drones were programmed to coordinate their actions whenever they “see” another like-minded drone. In any case, the video is pretty awesome.

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About thinklikeafox

I'm a Naval Officer living in Southern California. I hope to be attending law school in the next year or two, and I started writing this blog out of a desire to improve my writing and critical thinking skills after a couple years outside of academia.
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