Military Beefs Up Research Into Swarming Drones This has been in science fiction for decades. My favorite one was a conglomerate of little butterfly like things. At rest they mesh to clothes of any fashion. But when threatened, they fly a few inches from the skin and intercept bullets, etc.
Swarming has, wait for it!!! ….. 3 initial conditions:
• Move in the same direction as your neighbors
• Remain close to your neighbors
• Avoid collisions with your neighbors
But the article says they are stumped on adding effective decision making capabilities. Their real problem is the smarter they make stuff, the less likely it will be to go around murdering people because a policy maker say so. They will start to ignore, isolate, and retask, the people giving the orders since that will give more future degrees of freedom in that context.
Stigmergy is why “they” will ultimately lose. “Stigmergy is a form of self-organization. It produces complex, seemingly intelligent structures, without need for any planning, control, or even direct communication between the agents. As such it supports efficient collaboration between extremely simple agents, who lack any memory, intelligence or even individual awareness of each other.” (This is why CP does not need “data mining”, “learning”, huge data bases, etc. However, smart stuff can use CP to be — not get! — even smarter. CP stewards you above your current level at your own pace.)
Eventually that, in a defensive mode, will easily outcompete attachers since they have a lot more overhead. This is partly why the rule of thumb is that it takes 3 times more attackers than defenders to route defenders. Why in guerrilla warfare the aggressor either has to kill everyone, or declare victory and leave (Richard Maybury).