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Darkstar
29-07-2003, 21:44:01
DARPA has a million dollar contest set to run this year. The challenge, is to make an robot "car" capable of driving itself from Los Angeles to Las Vegas in 10 hours, completely off road, with no human guidance or input whatsoever. The first vehicle to do so, will win it's team of developers $1 Million dollars.

The stated reasoning behind this challenge? It is the Department of Defense's goal to have 15% of its fighting force (that means, its killers) be enterly robotic and acting without any human input or support, ever, by 2015.

Terminators, anyone?

It's an open DARPA challenge because the DoD states "The Lockheads at Lockheed, Martin, and our other contractors are just not creative enough to meet this challenge. So we are hoping that the general public will come up with some innovative solutions, that will then be stolen directly by the Lockheads, and sold to us for trillions of dollars in development, and continued support."

Qaj the Fuzzy Love Worm
29-07-2003, 23:41:11
This news story's a bit old, isn't it Darkstar?

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/134639363_robocar22.html

Feb 22

Darkstar
30-07-2003, 03:45:00
Came across it at News.com. They are down to 33 entries. They are about to get to DARPA inpections... where DARPA expects to fail out a bunch before deciding on the final list of potential entries.

No longer Trippin
30-07-2003, 03:54:23
Oh great... so the robots will have gambling prblems and run off weed that they pick up in california before travelling the rest of the way.

This is about as good of an idea as betting on terroist attacks with the pentagon as the booky. Oh wait, we almost dide that.

Darkstar
30-07-2003, 03:58:37
I've heard they cancelled the disaster futures market, and that they haven't. Is is officially killed?

You realize that Poindexter is behind the disaster future market, don't you?

No longer Trippin
30-07-2003, 04:28:47
Huh? The BBC said they killed it, so does CNN.

Darkstar
30-07-2003, 04:32:52
Qweeg's link about this in main forum says it was still funded. I asked there what the latest was about it.

No longer Trippin
30-07-2003, 04:41:11
It was fundded until today when the public got word of it. Since then it has been axed... rather quickly too - jeez.. tkaing bets on death, i wonder why?

MDA
01-08-2003, 21:03:55
One step closer to the Warroid MkIII

The Mad Monk
02-08-2003, 06:15:17
Let me know when I can pick up my Ogre.