Department of Defense Calls for Your Robotic Skills

Sadly, they aren't going to let you pilot the Predator, but what they are asking for is a robotic design that is capable of finding/tracking a "non-cooperative human subject." It must also be able to communicate with other robots of similar design, essentially allowing them to hunt in a pack.

Each robot must weight less than 100 kilograms and act autonomously, provided a human squad leader of course. They must also be able to traverse varying terrain and obstacles without tipping over or getting stuck. If the AI is faced with a decision that it is unable to make, it will rely on the operator to make that decision and than act accordingly.

The first phase of the design process is determining the number and kind of sensors that will be used to locate and follow the subject. Once the sensor suite has been chosen, the designer must have a way to process the data and have it fed into a central point where it can be brought together to make a final decision as to which action to take.

Phase two would require the assembly of a working prototype with fully functional sensors and processors onboard. This would not only point out any flaws in the design, but also provide a better idea of size, weight and what the best method would be to arm the robot.

Phase three would involve testing to determine if the robot could work in a group of other robots efficiently and quickly. They would also be tested for different kinds of missions such as "search and rescue, fire-fighting, reconnaissance, and automated biological, chemical, and radiation sensing with mobile platforms." At this time, the design would also be field tested to determine and weaknesses as far as type of terrain and weather go.

The design will be used for both military and civilian purposes, with the former being the larger portion, while Fire Departments and Police Stations will also be using the technology after some adaptation.

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