Single unmanned autonomous vehicles controlled using joy sticks, radio controllers and cell phones aid us in tasks such as aerial photography and security, but now using multiple drones to perform a task requires multiple human operators and this presents a coordination problem.
There has been a recent breakthrough with the technology of drones and I think everyone is going to appreciate it.
They are coming up with a single human operator that uses human-brain interfaces to control a horde of drones which creates the possibility of new classes of applications.
Within the next three to five years these hordes of drones controlled by human-brain interfaces will accomplish what controlled UAV’s never could.
How does the human-brain interface work exactly?
Our brains are full of neurons and individual nerve cells that are connected to each other by dendrites and axons. Dendrites are the short-branched extensions of a nerve cell where impulses are received from other cells at synapses and transmitted to the cell body. An axon is the long thread-like part of a nerve cell where impulses are conducted from the cell body to others.
All our senses, including thinking are connected to this process. Small electrical signals move from neuron to neuron at approximately 250 mph. The signals are generated by differences in electric potential carried by ions on the membrane of each neuron. The paths that the signals take is insulated by something called myelin, but some of the electrical signal escapes. When the signals escape scientists can detect the signals, and interpret what they mean and use them to direct a device.
This incredible process allows us to use our brains to be able to control machines. Therefore, multiple drones can be controlled by the thoughts of humans to coordinate them to do whatever it is we need them to do, creating an artificial intelligence that is strictly controlled by the operator.
Currently we can only use UAV’s for a couple of things, but with this new technology we can reach applications like search and rescue missions, fire fighting, agriculture analysis, entertainment, and even cyber-physical surveillance systems.
This new discovery could help so many industries with difficult to simple tasks that haven’t been reached yet due to the limitations of our current technology.
What do you think of this new idea of human-brain interface technology?