Thursday, April 28, 2005

Robot Teamwork

Frontline Robotics, a company based in Ottawa, has announced that they have developed a system to allow autonomous robots to collaborate on their own. The system allows ad-hoc collections of robots to work in packs, sharing information and coming to solutions as a group. The company has developed a product call Robotic Open Control (ROC) which is a robot operating system for teams of collaborative robots.

On April 5th, two of the company's GRUNTS (unmanned GRound UNiTS) demonstrated the technology by coordinating passage through a narrow gate, a feat which the company claims is a first.

I have mixed feeling about the use of robotics for warfare. While it will certainly help keep soldiers on the side using the technology safer, it makes the decision to use violence that much easier for governments and consequently that more likely. The technology obviously has many uses and the drive to meet the demanding requirements of the military will certainly help move the field forward in ways it might never had otherwise.

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The story was originally found on Engadget.