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Autonomous Technological Warfare Options
Posted: Saturday, November 16, 2019 4:28:50 AM

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As much as I am for the advancement of Science and Technology the technology discussed in this quote from the linked article should, in my opinion, give any thinking person significant concern.

Artificial Intelligence and Autonomy

There’s no doubt that on the battlefield and at home, autonomy and artificial intelligence (AI) are rapidly becoming part of our daily human experience. And when it comes to human-machine collaboration, we know teams take many shapes. At Lockheed Martin, the future of these technologies isn’t human-less, it's human more.

“AI is an enabler for augmenting what people are doing every day, giving them the tools to achieve more, faster, and with greater efficiency,” says George Hellstern, program manager at Lockheed Martin Skunk Works®. "We are working across the corporation to create a dynamic team between operator and vehicle. We have integrated physiological sensors to provide feedback about the pilot to the vehicle and incorporated a concept of human intent to augment human performance."

You can see this human-machine relationship in play with our MATRIX™ technology – it will allow for two, one or zero operators to be on board, depending on the mission. A pilot could choose to have additional help during complex missions, or during more routine scenarios, an operator could use the virtual co-pilot so they are freed up to do additional tasks. “We’ve flown more than 131 test flights with this technology in SARA, our Sikorsky Autonomy Research Aircraft,” said Igor Cherepinsky, Director of Autonomy at Sikorsky Innovations. “It’s a modified S-76B, or basically a flying lab, where we mature our technology.”

When it comes to the power of autonomy, the proven Skunk Works® developed Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System, or Auto GCAS, detects when something has gone wrong in flight and takes control before a crash – saving the plane, and more importantly, the life of the pilot. In addition to the Auto GCAS, Skunk Works® and the U.S. Government have also developed an Automatic Air Collision Avoidance System (Auto ACAS). As its name suggest, Auto ACAS is designed to avoid air-to-air collisions. Together, the two systems form the Automatic Integrated Collision Avoidance System (Auto ICAS), the world’s first fully automatic integrated combat flight safety system designed to prevent both air-to-air and air-to-ground collisions.

It’s one thing for a company to develop self-driving cars in predictable environments using existing data. Lockheed Martin engineers are building AI systems aimed at saving lives and increasing mission success in the toughest and most unpredictable of situations.
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