Thinking, Fighting Machines

8:00 AM -- Set your phasers on stun. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is looking for a rather unique networking application.

The agency has put out a request for information (RFI) for Dynamic Networked Combat Capability. It's the type of network that would enable weapons systems to start an automatic counterattack when "friendly systems" fall under attack.

From the RFI:

The objective of a Dynamic Networked Combat Capability is to allow individual deciders, sensors and weapon systems to form arbitrary and spontaneous confederations to accomplish a mission, independent of the platforms and independent of the communications available to each decider, sensor or weapon. The capability would focus on the real-time dynamic aspects of combat and not on planning activities or on intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance activities.

Sounds like our nation's weapons systems are inches closer to thinking for themselves. And wouldn't it be funny/tragic if they gave the thing the voice of KITT?

— Phil Harvey, News Editor, Light Reading

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