DARPA is checking out wearable systems to “augment a soldier’s recall and reporting capability.” As part of the Advanced Soldier Sensor Information System and Technology (ASSIST) project, the National Institute of Standards and Technology are testing wearable cameras, GPS systems, and context-aware software to generate automated “reports” of what the soldier experienced on the battlefield. From the NIST Tech Beat:
The sensors are expected to capture, classify and store such data as the sound of acceleration and deceleration of vehicles, images of people (including suspicious movements that might not be seen by the soldiers), speech and specific types of weapon fire.
A capacity to give GPS locations, an ability to translate Arabic signs and text into English, as well as on-command video recording also are being demonstrated in Aberdeen. Sensor system software is expected to extract keywords and create an indexed multimedia representation of information collected by different soldiers. For comparison purposes, the soldiers wearing the sensors will make an after-action report based on memory and then supplement that after-action report with information learned from the sensor data.
should they just be robot already?