META will provide designers with open-source and Web-based tools to help them meet the following requirements:
Compositional design synthesis at multiple levels of abstraction
Design trade space exploration and metrics assessment with structural and information-based metrics of system complexity
Formal semantic integration of models across multiple physical and cyberdomains
Probabilistic verification of system correctness with respect to realistic context models using model checking and simulation traces
Vehicleforge.mil is a crowdsourcing site for collaborative development of cyberelectromechanical systems. It is similar to other forge sites used for open-source software development.
The development of the FANG is part of DARPA's Adaptive Vehicle Make program, which explores the use of new technology to shorten timelines for building complex electromechanical systems such as military vehicles. Last year, DARPA said it would invest $1 billion in forming better and faster development processes and technologies for defense manufacturing.
The military is experimenting with next-generation vehicle design through a number of projects. We reported in May on the demonstration of a concept combat vehicle designed not only for fuel efficiency, but also to act as a generator in remote locations like Afghanistan.
This is really an interesting application for crowd sourcing. Since it is a public venture, we should be able to see a little more clearly if it works (as opposed to a private company trying it). What is really surprising is that in the past a lot of what they are sending out to everybody would have been extremely classified for the people working on it.
I'm very interested to see how effective crowdsourcing design process will be on this project. We all have heard how military budgets can have schedule delays and cost overruns, so I would like to see if this new design technique will have an impact in this area.
Looks like DARPA continues to push the envelope in terms of leveraging crowdsourcing techniques to push combat vehicle design. The agency appeared to have enjoyed some pretty strong success teaming up with Local Motors on another combat vehicle, the XC2V, which was designed and built via the crowdsourcing approach in under six months. In fact, that project led President Obama to cite Local Motors' development approach as a model for American manufacturing innovation in a speech last summer.
The first Tacoma Narrows Bridge was a Washington State suspension bridge that opened in 1940 and spanned the Tacoma Narrows strait of Puget Sound between Tacoma and the Kitsap Peninsula. It opened to traffic on July 1, 1940, and dramatically collapsed into Puget Sound on November 7, just four months after it opened.
Noting that we now live in an era of “confusion and ill-conceived stuff,” Ammunition design studio founder Robert Brunner, speaking at Gigaom Roadmap, said that by adding connectivity to everything and its mother, we aren't necessarily doing ourselves any favors, with many ‘things’ just fine in their unconnected state.
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