View Full Version : Drone Swarms are Here: 1 Minute to Midnight?

Lauren Johnson
02-02-2012, 06:34 PM
The algorithms that enable drone swarms is advancing EXTREMELY quickly. In the next couple of years, the number of advances in technology, deployments, use cases, and awareness of drones will be intense. In 5 years, they will be part of every day life. You will see them everywhere.

Not just one or two drones. SWARMS of drones. Tens. Hundreds. Thousands. Millions (potentially if the cost per unit is small enough)?

How soon will we see that. It's already here.

Here's a video depicting experiments performed with a team of nano quadrotors at the GRASP Lab, University of Pennsylvania. Vehicles developed by KMel Robotics. It was posted today:


If you want to learn more about how swarming works as a method of attack, here's an article I wrote (http://globalguerrillas.typepad.com/globalguerrillas/2004/05/global_guerrill.html) [edit: John Robb] about it seven years ago. Benefits of swarming attacks include:

It cuts the enemy target off from supply and communications.
It adversely impacts the morale of the target.
It makes a coordinated defense extremely difficult (resource allocation is intensely difficult).
It radically increases the potential of surprise

Here's your homework. Think about the swarming tech you see above in the context of the following:

Drones and US Internal Security (http://globalguerrillas.typepad.com/globalguerrillas/2011/11/drones-and-us-internal-security.html) (as in: conventional weapons really don't matter).
Drones in the US of A (http://globalguerrillas.typepad.com/globalguerrillas/2011/12/drones-in-the-us-of-a.html). Recent example of drones were used in a manhunt (just to prove it could be done).
How a small group of global plutocrats can use software to control the world (http://globalguerrillas.typepad.com/globalguerrillas/2011/11/q-how-will-plutocrats-dominate-a-world-a-bots.html) (Bots and Drones).