Space conflicts, unmanned sub hunters and man-made intelligent systems which help human commanders make split second choices may sound like science fiction fodder, but military researchers are hard at work attempting to make them a reality.The U.S. military’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has put millions of dollars into projects to develop such technologies, as well as other jobs to make low-cost, reusable rockets and war technology, officials with the bureau said Wednesday (Feb. 10) in a news briefing.New enemies, new technologyThe U.S. has generally confronted enormous, monolithic opponents (believe the USSR during the Cold War) or hostile nation states (like Iraq during the Gulf War), and over the previous few decades, it’s been very dominant, said Steve Walker, the deputy manager of DARPA. [Humanoid Robots to Flying Cars: 10 Trendiest DARPA Technologies]Later on, yet, “we can not decide the next hotspots in the world and we can not always focus on the fights we can win,” Walker said.Rather than a restricted set of well known enemies, the U.S. now faces a multitude of rapidly shifting and interconnected risks, from traditionally hostile nation states to criminal organizations to terrorist networks. Fighting those foes may need something beyond the big, expensive military systems that take years to design and construct.”We should mix it up,” Walker said.Robot and guyToward that end, DARPA is investing in several technologies which make war more affordable and much more adaptable.For example, the bureau is investing in the creation of a futuristic, comparatively low-cost space plane called the XS1. The reusable airplane would launch into suborbital elevations, flying at hypersonic speeds of Mach 10, to deliver fleets of mini-satellites, subsequently return to repeat the procedure.Other planned projects would take people out of at least a number of the equations of contemporary war. For example, the bureau is designing an unmanned warship which could hunt down silent diesel subs all with no person aboard. The very first model, dubbed the Sea Hunter, is a 130-foot-long (40 meters) behemoth that took its maiden voyage in the waters off Portland earlier this month and certainly will be christened in April. Such ghost ships could be linked in an invisible power system with other manned boats, always conveying to dynamically evaluate risks.Another mission intends to set artificial intelligence (AI) in the cockpit with human pilots. The AI would subsequently be utilized to sabotage the enemy’s communication networks.”The way we’d do that is by to begin with scouring the spectrum in real time and then second of all using a number of the very astounding technology from the frontiers of artificial intelligence and machine learning to learn what the opponent is doing in the electromagnetic spectrum, begin making predictions about what they are going to do and then accommodate the onboard jammer,” said Arati Prabhakar, the manager of DARPA.Now, totally unknown signs have to be sent back to a central command station, where they occasionally take months to decode, she said.And the recently planned Hallmark application would leverage artificial intelligence systems to swiftly evaluate dynamically altering information in futuristic space fights subsequently present a group of two or three choices to a human commander, who’d have the capacity to make choices more quickly than he or she otherwise would.”You do not want to overload the individual; you desire to give them just what they need to make the choice,” Walker said.