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Slaughterbots: This is fiction



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Perdix: This is real

The US military has launched 103 miniature swarming drones from a fighter jet during a test in California. The drones, which have a wingspan of 12in (30cm), operate autonomously and share a distributed brain. "Perdix are not pre-programmed synchronised 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 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."



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Skip ahead to the 2:20 mark on the Perdix video to see (and hear) the damn things in action.
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Sounds like what Daniel Suarez wrote about in his novel "Kill Decision".
 
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I can never decide if I'm happy or sad I decided not to be an aeronautical engineer...
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I feel like we're overdue for a remake of "The Birds"
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Perdix are not pre-programmed synchronised 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 Strategic Capabilities Office.


Wonder what they call that shared brain. It's like a Network, in the Sky. Hmmm, gotta be a good name in there somewhere.
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EMBison wrote:
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Perdix are not pre-programmed synchronised 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 Strategic Capabilities Office.


Wonder what they call that shared brain. It's like a Network, in the Sky. Hmmm, gotta be a good name in there somewhere.


Sorry mate. Someone already beat them to it.

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