In 2020, nearly 30% of the armed forces will be consist of robots

The University of Washington working on a system that allows military robots to be more efficient while remaining under the leadership of men: they will be tested on the battlefield by a Wiimote

In 2020, nearly 30% of the armed forces will be consist of robots. The prediction was made by Washington University in St. Louis, who works on robotic systems used by the defense sector. Hence the interest to develop machines more efficient and intelligent. But according to the researchers, the robots that officers in the army – often remote machines – should not be totally autonomous and can make decisions.

The link between man and machine must be retained. To this end, several scientists at the University working on a system that allows a robot to perform activities under the guidance of man. This may help to improve the machine as and seek to reach new goals.

Enable a person to keep the main
“Nobody wants to give full autonomy to a system trigger weapons. It is necessary to keep the finger pressing the button,” said Bill Smart, a researcher at the university. “Everybody wants this to be the men who make the important decisions, not robots.” This, especially on the battlefield, where more and more robots are sent to dangerous areas or inaccessible. Researchers do not give details on the technical operation of the system on which they work. What they point out against is the way to control robots: they propose to link them to human beings via a Wiimote, the remote play Wii. The aim is to enable the robot to obey and not to programs but to the movements of the human body.

A robot that follows the movements of the human body
Interests: given the opportunity to soldiers and machinery to actually interact on the site of a battle. “In a combat zone, it is not possible for a soldier to lead a robot behind his computer. This is very dangerous,” recalls Bill Smart. He added: “It is necessary to be able to use his eyes on one side, for its own survival, and on the other side’s hands to allow the robot to be effective.” And perform actions that will enable armed forces to achieve their goal. “We must see the situation as the difference between the word and name. You can act intelligently or you can be smart. I am interested in the robot is the word,” concludes Doug Few, who directs the project. No indication is given on an official launch of the device.