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    Default Pentagon tests "MicroDrone Swarm" - Pretty sure I read this Michael Crichton book...

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/pentagon-...024318993.html

    I guess "micro" is relative they're apparently 16cm long.

    Either way, pretty sure they took this quote from a Michael Crichton book, word for word:

    "The micro-drones demonstrated advanced swarm behaviors such as collective decision-making, adaptive formation flying and self-healing," it said.

    "Perdix are not pre-programmed synchronized individuals, they are a collective organism, sharing one distributed brain for decision-making and adapting to each other like swarms in nature," said William Roper, director of the Pentagon's Strategic Capabilities Office. "Because every Perdix communicates and collaborates with every other Perdix, the swarm has no leader and can gracefully adapt to drones entering or exiting the team."

    Unsurprisingly it did not end well for most of the people in the book.
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    That was a pretty good book. Crichton always added some social commentary to his books. Airframe was an awesome insight into how crash investigation works and how political it can be.

    I forget the name of the book you speak of. They were nano-thingies, tho. I believe that was the book where he postulated that the Internet was going to homogenize the world and ensure no significant advancement because everyone was experiencing the epic same-ness. Breakouts occur in odd places and there would be no more odd places left.

    It was fascinating.

    He also theorized that evolution was on shaky ground in the 2nd or 3rd Jurassic Park book. Certain traits of certain species had to occur virtually simultaneously. It was an interesting observation.

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    I have seen this already, up in northern Maine during the spring. The drones looked like little black flies, though. Were driving the Moose crazy!
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    60 Minutes did a segment on it last Sunday. Pretty interesting debate about the autonomy of robots to take a human life without human input. Very muddy ethical waters ahead.

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    https://www.amazon.com/Prey-Michael-...chael+crichton

    I remember this being a pretty good book. At one point, the swarm flies into the shape of a human and walks around.
    I guess she wasn't 'Likable Enough' after all

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeerGuy View Post
    60 Minutes did a segment on it last Sunday. Pretty interesting debate about the autonomy of robots to take a human life without human input. Very muddy ethical waters ahead.
    Nothing muddy about it, IMO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frizzle Fry View Post
    https://www.yahoo.com/news/pentagon-...024318993.html

    I guess "micro" is relative they're apparently 16cm long.

    Either way, pretty sure they took this quote from a Michael Crichton book, word for word:

    "The micro-drones demonstrated advanced swarm behaviors such as collective decision-making, adaptive formation flying and self-healing," it said.

    "Perdix are not pre-programmed synchronized individuals, they are a collective organism, sharing one distributed brain for decision-making and adapting to each other like swarms in nature," said William Roper, director of the Pentagon's Strategic Capabilities Office. "Because every Perdix communicates and collaborates with every other Perdix, the swarm has no leader and can gracefully adapt to drones entering or exiting the team."

    Unsurprisingly it did not end well for most of the people in the book.

    Don't forget, "drone" takes on all new dimensions when you are talking about DOD - The Predator is a drone, and it is bigger than most lite general aviation aircraft.
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    I saw a demonstration by iRobot a number of years ago where they showed something similar, except the robots were all wheeled and about 6" cubes. They worked together to solve a problem (in this case, getting out of a maze). it was pretty amazing watching them all line up when one had found the way out of a particular part of the maze.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis in MA View Post
    I forget the name of the book you speak of.
    I think it was called "Prey".
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