DoD Requests AI Drone Swarm

The Pentagon's Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC) has issued a request for information, hoping that someone will deliver a full-stack search and rescue drone swarm that can direct itself, detecting humans and other targets, and stream video and data back to HQ.

Drones must utilize onboard edge processing to detect humans and manmade objects and cue an analyst to look at an image that is relayed back to the analyst. This onboard edge processing should include an image that would contain the latitude and longitude, Military Grid Reference System (MGRS) location, and altitude of the center of the image that should be covered by an aim point.

The drone must have sensors enabling it to cover at least 100 square nautical miles for a minimum two-hour flight time.

...drone manufacturers and AI/software companies [should join] forces to develop a drone that is capable of edge processing to detect humans and manmade objects at sea or on land and sending this information to analysts. Humans and manmade objects will need to be labeled through multiple visual conditions including haze, clouds, salinity, various temperatures, worldwide climates (maritime to desert), fire, and other obstacles.

I suppose that the Vulcan 3 self-modifying supercomputer from Philip K. Dick's 1960 novel Vulcan's Hammer probably issued a similar request for proposal for its robot tracking devices.

A more modern version of this idea for interior spaces is the spider robot swarm from the 2002 movie Minority Report.

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