Thursday, August 25, 2005

Inside the Mind of a UAV

DARPA is currently developing a common operating system that will serve as the 'brains' for the military's next generation of autonomous systems.

This common platform will allow UAVs to share information and work together more efficiently, and port new advances from platform to platform. Additionally, it will merge inputs from all of the sensor systems to create a single integrated picture of the environment, and interface with the on-board weapons array as well. Could this internal model of the outside world eventually be the seat of consciousness for an intelligent machine? DARPA's own report is not surprisingly vague...

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