Associate Professor, Ella Atkins speaks about flying autonomous machines at the University of Michigan.
Professor Atkins’ research program focuses on the integration of strategic and tactical planning and optimization algorithms to enable robust, autonomous aircraft and spacecraft flight in the presence of system failures and environmental uncertainties. On-board automation must enhance performance while maintaining safe long-term operation robust to unexpected or failure scenarios. Mission and trajectory planners must yield acceptable low-cost solutions for single vehicles or coordinated teams operating nominally or, worst-case, in unfriendly, uncertain environments with degraded performance characteristics. Researchers have begun to speak of humans “on the loop” rather than “in the loop”. Under this paradigm, humans are the mission managers and theatre commanders supported by an array of computational tools. These tools must acquire and accurately summarize mission-critical information for human supervisors while providing the underlying infrastructure that plans and executes missions in accordance with specified high-level directives.
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Terrific video illustrating a highly innovative technology, integrated electrconic/aerodynamic autonomous vehicles derived from digital multichannel gyro-stabilized RC enthusiasts, explored experimentally in academically rigorous fashion in my U of M Department — a distant SF dream at best when I got my B.S. in an earlier geologic era (B.S. in Aero Engineering, Jan. 1960). Go Blue.
Forget Asimov’s laws, we need a rule that will acutally work. DO NOT PUT WEAPONS in the hands of rootbs. What is going to happen when one group makes interactive rootbs and the other makes military rootbs? We will put the two together and get weapons that can make decisions but do not have morals. One bug in the program and innocent people will die. Be forewarned, bad things will happen if we don’t get the military out to the picture. Especially the US military because they think they are above accountability.
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