As the exponential pace of drone technologies continue, it would appear that both presidential candidates and military organizations are becoming a bit worried of potential nefarious operations using swarms of attack drones. DARPA has recently sent out a Request for Information (RFI), seeking ideas for defense against such a possibility.
“This Request for Information, DARPA-SN-16-58, from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) Tactical Technology Office (TTO) seeks ideas, methodologies, and approaches solely for information and planning purposes. DARPA is interested in identifying novel, flexible, mobile layered defense systems and component technologies that could be leveraged to improve force protection against a variety of sUAS threats and tactics, could be fielded within the next three to four years, and are structured to rapidly evolve with threat and tactic advancements.”
– DARPA, FBO.gov
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To ensure creative defense ideas against potential attack drones, DARPA is encouraging participation from private or public companies, individuals, universities, university-affiliated research centers, non-profits, foreign entities, and U.S. govt. labs.
Drone swarm technologies aren’t simply sci-fi hype. As the video above clearly shows, it’s a technology that is already being tested on by U.S. military agencies. Once drones become easier to 3D print, and 3D printing is proliferated into every home in America and abroad, what is to stop someone from 3D printing an entire army of drones? This was the very question asked by U.S. presidential candidate Zoltan Istvan of the Transhumanist Party.
The future of warfare won’t consist of humans or biological flesh, but of robots on the ground and in the sky. If we’re unable to defend ourselves against such a potential threat, then we better get ready soon or prepare for our own downfall.