Dragonfly brains will improve missile defense systems

The researchers say that brain analysis of these unusual insects will significantly improve the accuracy and speed of anti-missile systems. Do you want to know how? Read.

Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories are now looking at the popular dragonflies in search of clues to develop smaller but more effective missile defense systems. After replication of this insect’s brain into a computer algorithm, the goal is to create systems that capture a much faster target and a much higher rate of effectiveness. And that dragonflies have been on our planet for some 325 million years and have not changed too much since then, something must be there.

One of the reasons why they did it is that although we usually associate them with the idyllic summer climate, they are really extraordinary predators with an effectiveness of 95% when they choose the target. Everything thanks to the aforementioned brain, which seemingly seems very simple, even primitive, but is able to perform very complicated calculations very quickly. When the dragonfly follows his victim in flight, he does not really chase her, but he predicts where her target will be and calculates a simple course, while the target of the keys and confuses the trail.

It’s all the more impressive that the dragonflies do not have depth perception, so the scientists decided they needed to look more closely at the matter. By using reverse engineering they transferred the real dragon’s behavior to digital simulation, duplicating the insect brain as a neural network – it was done with great accuracy, which is important, because the dragonflies can react in 50 milliseconds or six times faster than the wink of the human eye. Therefore, scientists believe that now we can create smaller, lighter, requiring less energy and more effective anti-missile systems.

What’s more, the dragonfly algorithm can also intercept less predictable hypersonic missiles or show us how to calculate steals, using less complex sensors. Scientists admit that there are some fundamental differences between dragonflies and missiles, such as speed, so ultimately their work may not find a military application, but as they claim, it will certainly serve artificial intelligence and software, eg for self-propelled vehicles.