New Generation Of Military Drone Is Capable Of Carrying Weapons And Fits In A Backpack
Palmer Luckey, the creator of virtual reality devices called Oculus, has unveiled a new AI-powered drone called the Ghost 4. The military tech startup, Anduril, promises to inject artificial intelligence into drone-assisted missions in the near future. The Ghost 4 is reported to be able to perform tasks such as identifying targets much faster and more efficiently than any human operator ever could.
In a statement, Luckey called the Ghost a Swiss army knife that can do everything. It really is the Swiss Army knife of drones with dozens of applications and uses, all of which can be fitted neatly into a backpack. The two-meter long aircraft can be folded down to a very small size but still maintain its durability and withstand the roughest of conditions, including sand and abrasive seawater.
This new drone is part of an attempt to keep up with allies and enemies in their AI arms race. Luckey argues that the US is at risk of falling behind and being exposed, something which neither the government nor the citizens would find ideal. It's important to stay ahead of any potential adversaries both in traditional military as well as technological warfare.
Anduril has reported that the drone is able to fly for up to 100 minutes, controlled either autonomously or remotely by a pilot. The drone is designed to carry equipment as well such as cameras for reconnaissance, lasers to identify targets, or even a radio jammer. In the future, it might even be possible that this backpack-sized drone could be carrying its own weapon systems.
While using AI isn't a new idea, the use of this technology to identify targets is a relatively controversial one. The Pentagon project that used AI to identify drone targets in satellite images, which they partnered up with Googles Project Maven to compete, was eventually abandoned due to increasing pressure from employees and the general public.
There have also been several instances of law enforcement in the UK attempting to use AI to identify and arrest criminals but there was a lot of controversy surrounding privacy concerns and mistaken identity so that project was also abandoned.
While it may be a controversial method of identifying targets, it does have a high success rate and it gets the job done quickly and efficiently. The diverse nature of this new drone just increases the appeal of it to militaries all over the world. Easy to carry but still packing a whole army of equipment, this new drone is the future.