Une dynamique de développement de machines de guerre grâce au #logiciel_libre : cf. ▻http://www.theroboticschallenge.org/aboutsimulator.aspx
The Darpa Robotics Challenge Simulator is being developed by the Open Source Robotics Foundation (OSRF). Built on the powerful Gazebo software package, the DRC Simulator will function as both a means of controlling the simulated robot and as a pass-through for controlling the physical robot during the DRC Trials and the DRC Finals. The DRC Simulator supplier will manage an open-source effort where the simulator, robot models, and environment models are developed and improved by the supplier as well as by contributors throughout the world.
Je découvre donc à cette occasion l’Open Source Robotics Foundation
▻http://osrfoundation.org qui participe à ce programme militaire et s’en félicite :
Notez que d’habitude l’OSRF ne sait pas qui utilise ses développements (ce qui n’a pas l’air d’empêcher de dormir ses développeurs-euses) :
Inspired by The Mozilla Foundation, The Apache Software Foundation, and The GNOME Foundation, our three-year anniversary blog post discussed the possibility of a ROS Foundation. In May of this year, Willow Garage announced the debut of the Open Source Robotics Foundation, Inc. OSRF is an independent non-profit organization founded by members of the global robotics community whose mission is to support the development, distribution, and adoption of open source software for use in robotics research, education, and product development.
Because of the BSD license for ROS, we often have no idea who is using ROS in their commercial deployments. We suspect there are a few we are missing, but two major new products were announced this year that are built using ROS. First is Baxter from Rethink Robotics. Baxter was announced just a few months ago and the company has set their sites on manufacturing industries. Check out IEEE Spectrum’s article on Rethink here. Also built on ROS is Toyota’s Human Support Robot (HSR), which is designed to help those with limited mobility within the home. ROS has even made inroads within the industrial robot world of late, specifically through the ROS-Industrial Consortium.
En cherchant un peu, on trouve les termes et le montant du contrat passé par la Darpa avec l’OSRF : 7 millions de dollars pour le développement logiciel et la documentation du simulateur. Largement de quoi ne pas trop se poser de questions sur l’utilisation finale des robots.