back to article Hungarian eggheads unleash not-at-all-scary DRONE SWARM

Researchers have taught flying drones to behave like birds, clearing the way for further development of technologies to marshal swarms of unmanned aerial vehicles. In a paper titled Outdoor flocking and formation flight with autonomous aerial robots boffins from Budapet's Eötvös University Department of Biological Physics …

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Devil

Fiction to fact

And we live through the process of science fiction turning into science fact again. Read the 2002 novel Prey by Michael Crichton and swarming nanobots are to be found therein.

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El Reg being respectable

But missing a naughty title "Flocking Heli's" ;-)

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Who cares about the clever technology...?

... Kudos for the Monty Python references guys!!!

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Terminator

Boids

So they finally found a practical application to the Boids algorithm?

http://www.red3d.com/cwr/boids/

YOUR DAYS ARE NUMBERED MEATBAGS

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"So they finally found a practical application to the Boids algorithm?"

Finally?

It's been used for years in movies.

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It's been used for years in movies.

He did say "practical applications".

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Bird Brains

I for one welcome our new swarms of unmanned aerial overlords.

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You are late with your welcome by 20 years.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P-700_Granit

See the guidance mode section.

While the welcome to these particular drone overlords would have been very warm indeed, it would have been very short too. On the order of fractions of a second to the tune of Pink FLoyd's, 'Two Suns in the Sunset' .Thankfully, it has never been fired in anger.

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Re: Bird Brains

The stats on those are pretty scary :/

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Monty Python

The video is worth a look, even though it is completely and utterly unimpressive as far as demonstrating what the article describes.

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It's also funnier than the article.

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Methinks it's time...

...to reboot that old IP "The Birds" from some guy called Hitchcock - you know, re-spin it for the younger audience with drones instead of birds, and get JJ to direct it. What could possibly go wrong?!?

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various peaceful applications of drones

but of course war is a manifestation of peace, or something to that effect....

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Might we now

need a similar system for swarming other creatures?

Eötvös : "The flock, as a meta-unit, can detect the environment more efficiently and can operate much longer than its members individually."

Flock = Crowd.

Peace just needs better software :)

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I could potentially give them S&R after disasters in an urban area but I can't think of many civilian uses for a flock of quadcopters at 50-100m range, though if they can extend that then yes it may be useful. Imagine TV weather copters being replaced by multiple drones to give greater flexibility or with the right software even a composite overview. Even for militaries though I think unless they're willing to have dozens of them up at once for a truly absurd coverage area more than 3-5 for recon and tracking purposes is probably excessive, and definitely excessive if they're only going after single targets as is more commonly the case today with all this "low intensity wafrare" crap.

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