The objective is to produce an unmanned, autonomous machine
that will: autonomously maneuver along two or four 150 ft rows at a time and turn at the row end, making two 150 ft passes; observe crop plants to assess their health; deliver fertilizer to distressed plants; identify three common weeds (giant ragweed, cocklebur, and foxtail) within and between rows; arrange for the weeds to be destroyed either chemically or mechanically as the machine moves through the field; and provide real-time observation of movement, plant identification, fertilization, and treatment back to the base.
Essentially, an autonomous machine
would accomplish the functions
evolve from automated to autonomous machines
. Part III highlights the
If an entirely autonomous machine
committed a war crime, experts say it remains unclear how the atrocity could be prosecuted under international laws drafted decades before the advent of robots.
The contract provides for technical, engineering support and systems engineering for the Autonomous Machine
Vision for Mapping and Investigation (AMVMI) project.
Mitola asserts the technology is ready and gives a technical overview of the capabilities, then describes the process of evolving from aware and adaptive to cognitive radio, autonomous machine
learning for AACR, and cognitive radio architecture.
More importantly, might the QRIO be a glimpse of the soldier of the future - a completely autonomous machine
indifferent to humans in its path as it heads towards an objective?
``It really is a highly sophisticated autonomous machine
. We will be launching it on missions for up to two days at a time and it will roam about underwater gathering the data we need.
We see this as the first step in the process towards autonomous machine
operation and it has been developed together with the considerable resources of the Caterpillar Machine Research Centre."
A new team was formed with the objective to design and build an autonomous machine
that could navigate a field, identify ripe watermelons, and harvest them.