Drone Swarms? Pentagon Brass Have Been Playing Too Much Call Of Duty

The military is aggressively expanding its drone arsenal, and who can blame it? Drone technology has seen non-stop action in … Continued

The military is aggressively expanding its drone arsenal, and who can blame it? Drone technology has seen non-stop action in the past decade, especially in areas without a strong American ground presence, like Pakistan or Syria.

The newest development? Allowing a group of drones to communicate with one another and function as a swarm. This would enable a single pilot to control six or more drones at once, using the separate machines to scout for targets and pool their assets. The Pentagon is conducting research on new technology to get more bang for its buck, and more drones in the air with fewer operators.

With robots talking to each other and finding targets on their own, it feels like humans are becoming a bit obsolete. Let’s just hope the machines don’t learn how to autonomously fire.

James Clark
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