Robotic cognitive spy cam tips up
Human intelligence is apparently way overrated these days, as the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) unveils details about its latest invention; a self guided drone camera which can get around by itself and beam back visual intelligence from behind enemy lines.
DARPA, which is an agency of the United States Department of Defense responsible for the development of new technology for use by the military, has always had a rather huge budget and a penchant for coming up with weird and wonderful new technology to make the science of war a little more tipped in America's favor.
The agency created computer networking, for example, and NLS - the first hypertext system which formed the basis for graphical user interface.
This latest project, dubbed "The Mind's Eye," is the closest thing to an intelligence gathering robot yet, and the agency hopes it will come in especially handy in replacing real life human spies, who are notorious for their dry martini habits, womanizing, fast cars and casino antics, which makes their information all the more fallible.
But for those thinking "big deal, it's just a camera on wheels," well, you'd be wrong. Because not only can Mind's Eye film a scene, it can also understand what is going on and even describe it back to its human controllers.
It's a cognitive camera, not shaken, not stirred.
According to Wired, more details will be released about Mind's Eye on April 20th.