Imagine the applications and implications of robotics and artificial intelligence in 2045

Telecommuting to War

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Why expose our soldiers to the risks of war - we all know the politician are increasing reluctant to use them. Human-in-the-Loop (weapons) and Human-on-the-loop (self-protection, mobility, planning, etc.) robotic operations free the soldier from having to actual be on the battle front, allowing them to control operations remotely, even handing off control to another as their shift ends.

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1 year ago
Echo said
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There will be Human-in-the-loop until it begins to [...]
There will be Human-in-the-loop until it begins to affect mission accomplishment. At that point, it will be machines all the way down.
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What makes this idea new or different?

Game changer for military planners, who no longer need to worry about loss of life or, perhaps a bigger concern, the capture, torture and/or political exploitation of a warfighter. While those warfighters that chose the combat branches, especially Armor and Infantry, fully acknowledge and accept the risk, wishing to fight America's enemies "mano a mano", their leaders are becoming too risk adverse to fully employ them.

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1 year ago
Mike said
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This opens up new deployment scenarios. Ground sys [...]
This opens up new deployment scenarios. Ground systems could be deployed long distances quickly via options such as ballistic delivery as payloads from CONUS, or from missiles in VLS cells on ships or ground platforms. They can be inserted in environments unsuitable for humans - such as over arctic ice. They could be inserted covertly, such as camouflaged in industrial equipment installed in a foreign location (supply chain interdiction) as sleeper agents, or put into CONEX containers and shipped "low and slow" to avoid suspicion and then powered up once delivered by truck to the target unknowingly by adversaries. Depending on size the opportunities on how these systems are deployed is near endless.
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What will be the implications of this idea?

Huge paradigm shift as our Warfighters are no longer on the battlefield - thus a reluctance of TRADOC to advance autonomous systems that would effectively end Army Military branches like Armor, Infantry, Artillery and Engineers. These would be replaced by "Autonomous System Operators", ending family traditions where each generation would serve in a combat branch. A tough sell to the User community.

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1 year ago
redcell254 said
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This will require significant network capabilities [...]
This will require significant network capabilities to enable remote access to and from the battlefield between soldiers and their deployed robotic surrogates. One element of the future operational environment is that we expect to be challenged in all domains, and our networks will be degraded or denied. This will require improved capabilities to keep the network up and running and enable the bandwidth to maneuver our robotic capabilities.
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1 year ago - brianwieck said
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Our adversaries should fear to face us underground [...]
Our adversaries should fear to face us underground, owing to our capacity to dominate there. We can dominate with robots to perform recon, breach and attack functions, and communicate with them possibly with extreme low frequency.
1 year ago - Mike said
What makes this idea new or different?
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This opens up new deployment scenarios. Ground sys [...]
This opens up new deployment scenarios. Ground systems could be deployed long distances quickly via options such as ballistic delivery as payloads from CONUS, or from missiles in VLS cells on ships or ground platforms. They can be inserted in environments unsuitable for humans - such as over arctic ice. They could be inserted covertly, such as camouflaged in industrial equipment installed in a foreign location (supply chain interdiction) as sleeper agents, or put into CONEX containers and shipped "low and slow" to avoid suspicion and then powered up once delivered by truck to the target unknowingly by adversaries. Depending on size the opportunities on how these systems are deployed is near endless.
1 year ago - redcell254 said
What will be the implications of this idea?
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This will require significant network capabilities [...]
This will require significant network capabilities to enable remote access to and from the battlefield between soldiers and their deployed robotic surrogates. One element of the future operational environment is that we expect to be challenged in all domains, and our networks will be degraded or denied. This will require improved capabilities to keep the network up and running and enable the bandwidth to maneuver our robotic capabilities.
1 year ago - Echo said
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There will be Human-in-the-loop until it begins to [...]
There will be Human-in-the-loop until it begins to affect mission accomplishment. At that point, it will be machines all the way down.

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