U.S. Navy ploughs $1.7 million into research to create network of spy robots that can snoop on humans ‘as a single entity with many eyes’

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
By Paul Martin

US Navy funding new super-surveillance system using robots to spy on humans
It has handed a $1.7 million grant to researchers from Cornell University
Working on system to ‘conduct surveillance as a single entity with many eyes’

11 April 2017

The US Navy is funding the development of a million dollar robot surveillance system that can spy on humans.

Researchers from Cornell University are planning to create a system to enable teams of robots to share information as they move around and carry out surveillance as a ‘single entity with many eyes’.

A lump sum of $1.7m was handed over to the researchers by the U.S. Office of Naval Research, which is dedicated to developing new forms of military and civilian technology.

It wants to develop a system which lets teams of surveillance robots gather and share intelligence ‘at the speed of light’.

Beyond surveillance, the new technology might help when teams of robots relieve humans of dangerous jobs like disposing of landmines, cleaning up after a nuclear meltdown or surveying the damage after a flood or hurricane.

Robot observers may detect suspicious actors and activities that might otherwise go unnoticed.

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