DARPA Wants Real-Life Avatars For Soldiers
DARPA has funds set aside in its budget for 2012 that will pour $7 million into a plan that sounds much like the James Cameron flick Avatar. DARPA says the goal of the plan is to “develop interfaces and algorithms to enable a soldier to effectively partner with a semi-autonomous bi-pedal machine and allow it to act as the soldier’s surrogate.”
DARPA isn’t looking for giant Kevlar skinned blue aliens, but rather brain-controlled robots it seems. DARPA wants those that participate in the program to make “key advancements in telepresence in remote operation of the ground system” but those key advancements aren’t specified.