With much of the conversation in class being related to computers first being used for military purposes I thought about how technology has increased for the better and the worse. In addition to the military technology, the mention of DARPA as well as the “space race” in class peaked my curiosity towards what is the latest news coming from DARPA. I found the following article.
The Defense Advanced Projects Research Agency (DARPA) Autonomous Robotic Manipulation (ARM) program seeks to find ways to utilize different remote robotic manipulation systems that are controlled by humans.
This week, the Project Offices for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), Apache Attack Helicopter and Armed Scout Helicopter revealed the Manned Unmanned System Integration Capability (MUSIC) at Michael Army Airfield, Dugway Proving Ground, Utah. During the exercise, MUSIC showed that the US Army could use drones armed with lethal weapons that were wired for precise communication with their operator.
The article continues with examples of other experiments DARPA has completed.