Sci-fi movies are role models when it comes to people developing technology.
In recent years, people have been developing artificial intelligence to aid in the most challenging of tasks.
For example, sending robots into small areas to find trapped people.
In order for this Artificial Intelligence to improve, scientist must study different aspect of the human brain. In order to better understand the decision-making process.
Recently, the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) generously gave a donation of $316,000 to researchers at the University at Buffalo Artificial Intelligence Institute.
With the intention to study video-gamers’ brain waves and eye movements to help improve AI technology in robot swarm technology.
The swarm itself are tiny devices – around 2 inches in diameter – which act like a colony of ants; moving together as a group instead of as individual robots.
Working in groups, the robots can be programmed to complete various types of tasks in any natural environment, such as the air, land, and sea.
In this article, Harvard scientist created robots called “Kilobots” (meaning 1,000 robots) with having potential to help in the areas mentioned above.
The research team will study 25-gamers using high speed cameras and electroencephalograms while they play videogames.
Through studying people playing these games, researchers hope to better understand how people make decisions. As well as the different reactions of how the body reacts to such decisions.
By doing this research, DARPA hopes to be able to train swarms of small robots to help aid in all types of areas. Such as clean-ups from natural disasters where the robots can help in search and rescue, and more.
On the other side, there is a large potential to abuse said devices. Great hackers are notorious for being able to hack into government databases.
Meaning there could be potential for someone to maliciously modify these devices and cause harm to other.
However, on the other side, there’s a huge chance for this technology to benefit us in various aspects.