Robots Are Guarding U.S. Nuclear Stockpiles


Mon, Oct 18th, 2010 10:00 by capnasty NEWS

Website Singularity Hub immediately makes a reference to the Terminator movies when introducing the MDARS, or Mobile Detection Assessment Response System. The MDARS is a robot shaped like a miniature Hummer equipped with cameras and sensors. Apparently, the robots have enough artificial intelligence to roam and scout the desert on their own. The idea is to have them patrol the large Nevada National Security Site, home of low-grade nuclear waste.

When the MDARS encounters something that shouldn't be there -- such as an intruder -- it quickly bumps all the higher order decision making and controls to a human operator. The brilliance behind this system is that it leaves the monotonous, repetitive work of patrolling to a machine (strength of a robot) until a more creative problem solving and decision making approach is needed (supposedly, that's the strength in us humans). Check out the article with video here.



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