DARPA seeks gamers input for AI military drones

According to a recent press release from DARPA they seek gamers input in various military situations involving drones, which ties in nicely with DARPA’s AI research and may soon lead to AI warfare.

DARPA’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) research is called “Explainable Artificial Intelligence (XAI)”. Their article on XAI states, “The Explainable AI (XAI) program aims to create a suite of machine learning techniques that:

  • Produce more explainable models, while maintaining a high level of learning performance (prediction accuracy); and
  • Enable human users to understand, appropriately trust, and effectively manage the emerging generation of artificially intelligent partners.”
XAI Concept

XAI Concept

Now take XAI and use that for controlling drones and it won’t be long before XAI or its successors will only need someone sitting in the continental USA, say Denver, to control an army of drones smart enough to do battle anywhere. Or maybe not need any human involvement at all.

Recently, DARPA asked gamers to play along with DARPA’s most recent “game”.

The OFFensive Swarm Enabled Tactics Program, or OFFSET, seeks to help foot soldiers wield the rapidly advancing power of drone swarms, and that starts with creating a controller — “An advanced human-swarm interface to enable users to monitor and direct potentially hundreds of unmanned platforms simultaneously in real time,” as the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, put it on Wednesday.


“If we’re successful, this work could also bring entirely new scalable, dynamic capabilities to the battlefield, such as distributed perception, robust and resilient communications, dispersed computing and analytics, and adaptive collective behaviors,” program manager Timothy Chung, said in the DARPA statement.

OFFSET aims to demonstrate its technologies through frequent live experiments with various unmanned air and ground platforms. Every six months, operational vignettes of progressively increasing complexity would challenge both the swarm architecture and the developed swarm tactics across numerous technological and operational test variables, such as swarm size, proportion of air and ground platforms, and mission duration. Users would employ the swarm interface to test the best of the virtual tactics in the real world, and interactively supply their unmanned platforms with near-real-time tactics updates using automated deployment technologies.

With the proper integration of XAI and robotics the human aspect of war will be changed. Fewer military personnel needed, loss of life lessened, human involvement in killing each other lessened. End result will be a dehumanized war. Just a game.