The US military is working hard to find out how professional gamers make managerial decisions in complex military strategies. A total of $316 thousand has been allocated to conduct studies of their behavior.
Many robotics experts agree that hundreds of simple and relatively cheap robots can be more effective than several complex but expensive mechanisms. These devices demand constant external control, as they are incapable of making their own decisions. In light of this fact, large groups of drones quickly become useless in emergency situations.
The US military research group DARPA is working on developing general standards of behavior for micro-robots, to make sure that they act in unison, like a swarm of insects. The scientists have reached out to gamers for help.
Games such as Starcraft involve constant control over a large number of units positioned on the battlefield. Real warfare requires a similar skill set. DARPA employees are interested in learning how complex military strategy enthusiasts make effective decisions in a matter of seconds.
To find out, the organization has allocated a grant worth $316 thousand towards the appropriate experiments. Employees at the University of Buffalo Department of Artificial Intelligence will study the brain waves of gamers and track their eye movements. The data obtained will enable them to create a real robot army.
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