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Yep, that Skynet is creeping closer and closer to becoming a reality, but in the mean time lets be amazed by this drone…

plane3-in-flight

A researcher from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) has developed an obstacle-detection system that allows a drone to autonomously dip, dart and dive through a tree-filled field at upwards of 30 miles per hour.

I watched the video and this really amazed me, to see talented people push the limits on what technology can do, soon enough the drone will no longer require a human pilot and it will turn on its master and start a drone revolution…OK maybe not but its still cool.

In case you’re wondering how it actually works, the creator explains that:

Traditional algorithms focused on this problem would use the images captured by each camera, and search through the depth-field at multiple distances – 1 meter, 2 meters, 3 meters, and so on – to determine if an object is in the drone’s path.

Such approaches, however, are computationally intensive, meaning that the drone cannot fly any faster than 5 or 6 miles per hour without specialized processing hardware.

As awesome as it all is, I just hope we have a boundary in place on these autonomous machines, if well renowned scientist are worried about a robot takeover, maybe we should be too but that’s just my opinion I guess.

Here’s the video if your interested.

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