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Competition Tests Student-Built Aerial Espionage Robots

samzenpus posted about a year ago | from the eye-in-the-sky dept.

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Zothecula writes "Some of the most advanced work in autonomous aerial robotics is not done by DARPA, or by massive corporations. Rather, it is accomplished by teams of university students who participate in the International Aerial Robotics Competition (IARC). For the past 23 years, the IARC has challenged college teams with missions requiring complex autonomous robotic behaviors that are often beyond the capabilities of even the most sophisticated military robots. This year's competition, which was held in China and the United States over the past week, saw the team from Tsinghua University in Beijing successfully complete the current mission – an elaborate espionage operation known as Mission Six."

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What could go wrong? (3, Funny)

DavidClarkeHR (2769805) | about a year ago | (#44517435)

Seriously. What could go wrong?

Re:What could go wrong? (1)

Xicor (2738029) | about a year ago | (#44517447)

well... they couldnt POSSIBLY use more drones than they already do

Re:What could go wrong? (4, Insightful)

pegasustonans (589396) | about a year ago | (#44517537)

Seriously. What could go wrong?

You're ten years too late.

Whatever could possibly go wrong is already definitely going wrong.

Re:What could go wrong? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44518465)

Seriously. What could go wrong?

You're ten years too late.

Whatever could possibly go wrong is already definitely going wrong.

Are you trying to bring back the truther argument for 9/11?

Or is that a thinly veiled NSA joke about a thinly veiled skynet joke? (Which was more like 15 hours ago).

Re: What could go wrong? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44517629)

"What could go wrong?" is the best response to any statement.

Jack: I'm eating chocolate ice cream.
Debbie: What could go wrong?
Jack: Well, it could have poison in it, or ...

It's the new "...that's what she said", "...in bed", "...in my pants".

Re: What could go wrong? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44517651)

What could go wrong in bed in my pants? That's what she said!

Re: What could go wrong? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44517655)

I hear that joke periodically!

So it has come to this (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44517707)

Aren't we forgetting something? I for one welcome our Tampon Overlords

Lavabit Story (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44517705)

What happened to the lavabit story on /. earlier? http://tech.slashdot.org/story/13/08/08/2248228/lavabit-email-service-snowden-reportedly-used-abruptly-shuts-down [slashdot.org]

First time accepted submitter bazmail writes "Remember when word circulated that Edward Snowden was using Lavabit, an email service that purports to provide better privacy and security for users than popular web-based free services like Gmail? Lavabit's owner has shut down service, with a mysterious message posted on the lavabit.com home page today. The message reads in part: 'I have been forced to make a difficult decision: to become complicit in crimes against the American people or walk away from nearly ten years of hard work by shutting down Lavabit. After significant soul searching, I have decided to suspend operations. I wish that I could legally share with you the events that led to my decision. I cannot. I feel you deserve to know what’s going on--the first amendment is supposed to guarantee me the freedom to speak out in situations like this. Unfortunately, Congress has passed laws that say otherwise. As things currently stand, I cannot share my experiences over the last six weeks, even though I have twice made the appropriate requests.'"

Re:What could go wrong? (1)

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | about a year ago | (#44518783)

Seriously. What could go wrong?

Nothing. But a lot of things could fly wrong in this case.

Re:What could go wrong? (1)

xclr8r (658786) | about a year ago | (#44519015)

What could go wrong? FPS Russia could get a hold of a real one with a machine gun and self destruction charge.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNPJMk2fgJU

Sorority Row Tested Yet? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44517469)

Fraternity Row asks,,,

Coming to a campus near you soon, the modern replacement for the Blue Box, part time manufacturing and maintenance jobs for Geeks.

Re:Sorority Row Tested Yet? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44517829)

I hear they're great for panty raids

genesis giz (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44517515)

that's all

Oh boy. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44517585)

Just what we need more of.

Incredible battery life. Expensive? (1)

Maxo-Texas (864189) | about a year ago | (#44517621)

Wow-- looked like 4 "video camera" sized batteries hanging down from the robot.

It seemed very slow and tentative- I bet in a few years it will be as fast as a human.

Wonder if it could have some some kind of hovercraft effect to save battery life once it got inside.

Re:Incredible battery life. Expensive? (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44518229)

Those aren't batteries. The battery is mounted horizontally under the center of the quadcopter. The oval white shape between the two red pieces of tape marking the front of the robot is a hole in the shrinkwrap tubing of the battery.

Why did Slashdot take down the Lavabit article? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44517631)

My RSS feed shows the following story between the 5:12pm story and the 6:49pm story about camels. Following the link, Slashdot says "The item you're trying to view either does not exist, or is not viewable to you."

RSS feed says,

Lavabit, Email Service Snowden Reportedly Used, Abruptly Shuts Down

First time accepted submitter bazmail writes "Remember when word circulated that Edward Snowden was using Lavabit, an email service that purports to provide better privacy and security for users than popular web-based free services like Gmail? Lavabit's owner has shut down service, with a mysterious message posted on the lavabit.com home page today. The message reads in part: 'I have been forced to make a difficult decision: to become complicit in crimes against the American people or walk away from nearly ten years of hard work by shutting down Lavabit. After significant soul searching, I have decided to suspend operations. I wish that I could legally share with you the events that led to my decision. I cannot. I feel you deserve to know what’s going on--the first amendment is supposed to guarantee me the freedom to speak out in situations like this. Unfortunately, Congress has passed laws that say otherwise. As things currently stand, I cannot share my experiences over the last six weeks, even though I have twice made the appropriate requests.'"

Re:Why did Slashdot take down the Lavabit article? (0)

c0lo (1497653) | about a year ago | (#44517679)

My RSS feed shows the following story between the 5:12pm story and the 6:49pm story about camels. Following the link, Slashdot says "The item you're trying to view either does not exist, or is not viewable to you."

What? That's true!!!
What the hell is happening? Is /. censoring or censored?

A google search managed to land me on a deeper link that still retrieves the thread. [slashdot.org] For now. Maybe somebody is quick enough to make a copy and post it somewhere (how does one upload a page on Wayback Machine???) - I'm at the office now, can't do it.

Re:Why did Slashdot take down the Lavabit article? (1)

Fnord666 (889225) | about a year ago | (#44518667)

Still available [slashdot.org] just fine as far as I cal tell.

Alien vs. Predator (-1, Offtopic)

Mikachu (972457) | about a year ago | (#44517635)

Whoever wins, we lose.

Re: Alien vs. Predator (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44518063)

You just don't like Scientology because Scientology helps people and you don't want people to get help. What are your crimes?

it's simple really.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44517927)

The gov't suits promised slashdot overlords free camels.

Spamlog link (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44518259)

Maybe if you spent more time filtering out spam links you'd not be so empty

http://iarc.angel-strike.com/

Blogspam, link to sources.

Ender's Game (1)

Overzeetop (214511) | about a year ago | (#44518487)

Oh, come on. We were all thinking it.

Re:Ender's Game (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44527981)

Oh, come on. We were all thinking it.

OMG! How prescient of you...

You Insensitive c7od! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44518565)

fucking percent 0f

The IRONY is so thick (IRONY NSA IRONY) (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44518949)

Go on kids, you want to get paid to hack and spy right!
It's what you want to do! You love it, now you can get RICH doing it!

Forget that pesky rule of law, and that dumb Constitution
Bill of rights - Baaaaa Hahahaha

Oh, they shot grandmother, wrong address - who cares.
Your girlfriend just got arrested for her Facebook post - all's fair in hell and war!
Banksters too your mom and dads retirement - (Mom and dad suck anyway. Right Right!)

So go on Be all you can Be
Spy, Exploit, destroy, Kill
It's not like the leaders care they're with YA!
No more rule of law

JUST US

You know you want to,
Your schooling so far up to this point has prepared you for it
It's what you TRAINED to do
Target, Steal, Exploit

You don't want people smoking cannabis
OR living on their own land they paid for
You don't want them to have clean water
Or food

So join the war on Humanity.
Nuke the Earth
Kill everything
Don't have kids, they're just annoying fucks anyway

Hey, instead of Aerial Espionage,
Plus, we know your sexually frustrated
Imagine how good it will feel when they stick the Microphone up your ASS and you can be the Microphone for the mission!
MARBLECAKEISTHEGAME has nothing on you! Nothing!

You can learn cool Foreign languages like
Politician, Drug Cartel, Bankster, Eugenicist, Viper Team

You can help round 320 million fat Americans up and lead them straight to the grave
It all starts with you.
When you raise your hand this time, you won't have to worry about that stupid OATH
And no more Pesky Geneva Convention to protect you from getting tortured.
Heh, if you get caught, YOU KNOW they gonna torture you.
That's why your a wizkid and invisible with your new KMA card.
Think of all the Christmas presents you can get!

Working in the Private, will also protect you from crap like FOIA requests
I mean, really FUCK FOIA, Right!?

Remember in those military movies how when someone makes General they tell them,
"Now sir, you can do anything you want" Anything? " Yes sir anything"
That General IS YOU KID
So go on be a spy

They'll even give ya more school. (ya know teach ya analog to digital and back, all that first level logic shit the college didn't have)
You can work with a TRANSMITTER
Or EVEN a RECEIVER!
Directed Energy Weapons
Weather Wars

IT will be so fun,
You will have such a bright shining hot future
Imagine a vacation in hawaii
with the winds at 700 MPH with the temperature of 3970 degrees

Keep hacking, Work for the SPIES... This is the future
This is YOUR FUTURE.
You hate the fucking Peace Corps!
You already know the URL's
CLICKICTY CLICKTY CLICK already!

The Chinese one is too loud... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44519729)

I like the US... silent. You don't even know its there! LOOK BEHIND YOU NOW!!!!

Get the military out of the schools (0)

Atrox666 (957601) | about a year ago | (#44519881)

Military money needs to be removed from education. Higher education shouldn't be a competition on how fast you can sell out the planet to fascist forces.
Just cut enough out of their budgets that they can't afford to murder goat herders for profit and plow it into real education.
Geeks need to stop giving away their power and take charge and authority over our own contribution or it will always be used against us.
I'm saying this as a former soldier.

funding (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44520435)

I thought this was funded by orgs like DARPA. I recall the mission 6 scenario has been around for awhile, lots of new challenges to get the teams setup.

Some of the most advanced work in autonomous aerial robotics is not done by DARPA, or by massive corporations.

Uh, last I recall, the DoD funded/assisted MIT group can fly in a parking garage [youtube.com] around columns. GRASP was DoD funded. Rome labs to SPARWAR depts are doing more sophisticated [classified] autonomous flying scenarios. Not to mention what Boeing, Northrop contractors are doing and the intelligence agencies. They just don't advertise with a amateur video on youtube: they don't need, nor likely want to....

On the corporate side there's aerovironment's room navigation tech, Asctec (which appears the tokyo guys are just using their Hummingbird quad), Siemens tech [siemens.com] . and such companies doing more complex path navigation. And of course the excellent open source work by the DIYDrones folks. They just don't advertise with a amateur video on youtube: they don't need, nor likely want to....

It's great the universities are in research on these topics and using advanced tech (made by companies, aka Asctec), but I'm surprised it's not better (e.g. ETH flying area flight quality) considering what's being done outside universities.

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