As we progress towards an automated world, military too explores options to increase its use of drones. Though scientists and inventors raise concerns over increasing automation in the military, the progress is evident through Perdix.
Drones, capable of performing military missions that are too dangerous for humans, are the future of warfare. The US audiences got a first look at the automation drone military on Sunday’s edition of 60 Minutes. It was a story that featured Perdix.
William Roper, head of the secretive Strategic Capabilities Office, says: “They flash in the sun as they come into view.” The drones converge neatly into a cohesive unit.
Perdix, is designed to operate as a team. These unmanned vehicles are more independent than the ones supervised by human operators.
How Perdix Works
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Perdix comprises a surge of over 100 individuals which operate as a unit. They are more like more like components of a whole than as individuals.
The F-18 installs the drones from its flare dispenser, the place from where a pilot normally deploys heat-seeking missile countermeasures. Even though the drones are smaller in size, the streamlined jet does not have too much extra storage space. Therefore the flare dispenser is the best option.
As soon as individual drones come online, they inform each other of their actions and location. The Perdix drones use 3D-printed components and can make decisions much more quickly than a human could control them.
Perdix: The Automated Military Drone
Now on #60Minutes: Dr. Roper and his ‘desert rats’ attempt to fly the largest autonomous drone swarm ever – 100 Perdix drones
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Secretary of Defense Ash Carter in a speech earlier this month confirmed that the United States was developing “self-driving boats which can network together to do all kinds of missions, from fleet defense to close-in surveillance, without putting sailors at risk.”
Today, there is no doubt to the fact that Autonomous technologies can make decisions more quickly than humans. However, they pose serious questions that need to be answered before we allow machines to take human lives without human intervention.
Besides, critics fears these robots can kill without accountability. Konstantin Kakaes told CNN that drones can function independently underwater. It is easier to communicate with human operators in ocean.
Girrier told the audience that the “technology is there” and that more autonomous drones would allow the United States “to achieve supremacy at a lower cost.”
On the contrary, a group of concerned scientists, researchers and academics called for a “ban on offensive autonomous weapons beyond meaningful human control.”
Perdix Uses In Military
You just need to tell Perdix what do to and they will figure out the rest. For example, 104 Perdix drones were ordered to patrol a 3-mile area, but they were not instructed on how to do it.
“Perdix can be used as decoys to confuse enemy air defenses or equipped with electronic transmitters to jam their radar,” reports 60 Minutes correspondent David Martin. “As a swarm of miniature spy planes fitted with cell phone cameras, they could hunt down fleeing terrorists.”
Researchers need to fix some bugs related to their battery life and Perdix will be good to go. Perdix drones will be operational by the end of 2017.