posted on Oct, 24 2014 @ 12:59 PM
a reply to: QuietSpeech
There is a very obvious application: aircraft missile defense.
It's well known that there are infrared laser defense systems on aircraft which disrupt the targeting of heat-seeking missiles. The old generation
IR missiles had a 1-pixel infrared detector and some other electromechanical control systems.
Modern missiles (i.e. recent production from US/EU/Russia/China) also have optical imaging sensors, i.e. video cameras, with object recognition. You
think all the DARPA R&D money on high-quality image recognition AI [deep learning neural nets have revolutionized the field] & self-driving cars and
the like was only to get granny to the market?
In addition, modern missiles have amazing kinematics, range, and off-boresight targeting that they're very dangerous against the unaware pilot. (The
Russian R-77 is freaking people out).
So---now how do you disrupt one of those with an optical sensor??
a) you make your aircraft not look like an aircraft all the time
b) shine a bright light into the camera of just the right form
abstract is how to do 'b' right.
Of course commercial phone cameras cost $3 and aren't trying to prevent adversarial disruption. The pro-league game is harder.