Navy opens 'Hunger Games' arenas for military robots
A new U.S. Navy lab can track every movement of battlefield robots as they struggle to survive arenas built to resemble scorching deserts, wave-pounded shores and tropical rain forests, MSNBC reports.
The facility at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, which opened Friday, has five arenas that simulate various types of terrain robots must be able to endure. The largest arena has high-speed video cameras that automatically swivel to follow up to 50 ground robots, flying drones and even human soldiers, according to MSNBC.
The setup is reminiscent of the artificial environments created for death matches in the "Hunger Games" novels. In these arenas, though, the participants are supposed to cooperate, not kill each other.