“AI-Enhanced Super Soldiers: A Not-So-Fanciful Rendition of Future Warfare”

“AI-Powered Super Soldiers Are More Than Just a Pipe Dream”

“The concept is a bundle of sensors, software, and networks that’s on the brink of changing the military paradigm. By using connected technology, humans in the field get a big upgrade, essentially turning soldiers into high-tech intelligence agents. The military calls it Hyper-Enabled Operator tech, or HEO.”

Let’s start with a line from a sci-fi movie: “Our soldiers are turning into RoboCops!” Can’t really argue with that, we all saw it coming, didn’t we? The big-shot military strategists have been busy creating this MacGyver-like tech for our brave soldiers called ‘Hyper-Enabled Operator tech’ or HEO to run the show on the battlefield. This isn’t about just throwing on some augmented reality goggles and playing real-life Call of Duty, oh no. This is an intricate blend of sensors, software and networks. The internet of war things, to put it succinctly.

Now, let’s skip the glossy tech lingo and look at the playground. Person A is an average soldier on the battlefield. Person B, however, is our new HEO – the embodiment of connected technology, not quite Tony Stark’s Iron Man, but close enough. B, thanks to HEO, looks at the battlefield like John Wick looks at a room full of goons, complete with architectural analysis, probable trajectories, and the sort.

If B can see anywhere from 10 to even 50 feet into a building, why send A skulking around corners, providing potential adversaries an easy shot? Instead, we can have B conduct the ‘Internet of Battlefield Things’ orchestra, deciding when, where, and how to strike. Now, isn’t that a cool composer to have?

You’re probably thinking, this sounds great, but what is this really about? This is reality, not an action film. Well, my dear reader, just like skydiving or eating a ghost pepper, “the experience ultimately belongs to the user.” It’s all about how one uses it.

Here’s the part where technology bridges the gap between fantasy and reality. When you deliver the right information at the right time, those fantastic action sequences are not so far-fetched anymore. That’s the power of the Hyper-Enabled Operator tech.

In the end, what know-it-alls like ourselves have to understand is that this isn’t quite about creating Super Soldiers. It’s about using technology to give our valiant warriors the right tools and knowledge, and let’s face it, a bit of a lead on the field. That being said, remember when Iron Man said, “Part of the journey is the end”? Seems like our military tech magicians took it quite literally.

And suddenly, every soldier can potentially embody the spirit of a superhero. However, always remember, the Hyper-Enabled Operator tech is only as good as the soldier controlling it. So better keep up, folks. Who knows, the next recruitment ad might just end with, “Join the army. Be a superhero. (Conditions apply).” Like someone or the other once said, “It’s not about the size of the dog in the fight, it’s about the size of the fight in the dog.” Or in this case, perhaps, the tech in their gear.

Read the original article here: https://www.wired.com/story/us-military-hyper-enabled-operator/