QH: Robots take over the world

It all sounds a bit too much like the plot to Prey (the novel by Michael Crichton). Robotic Helicopters that watch other helicopters and learn how to maneuver in the same way as the teachers they watch.

Some students at Stanford built the helicopters. Currently, they don't have a targeted application - but the suggestion of use in the military is a bit chilling.

The tricky part comes from the fact that helicopters are hard to fly. So you can't simply pre-program the moves. But the learning allows for variation and adjusts, on the fly, in order to pull off a particular trick correctly.

That is all fine and dandy until the learning helicopters, now equipped with laser death rays for their military use, take a "wrong turn" and decide to annihilate all of us.

Link: http://news-service.stanford.edu/news/2008/september10/helicopter-091008.html

Link: My previous post on Michael Crichton's Prey (in regards to fun AI animation tests)

Saturday, September 13, 2008, 12:00 AM

tagged: artificialintelligence, machinelearning, robotics

series: Quick Hits (38 other posts in this series)