The US Army has chosen its top 10 science and technology advances for this year - here are the potential game-changers that made the list
- US Army and service-funded researchers are making strides in a number of areas, including the material sciences, robotics, and artificial intelligence.
- Alexander Kott, chief scientist at Combat Capabilities Development Command's Army Research Laboratory, recently picked the Army's top 10 science and technology advancements of 2019.
- The list of potential game-changes features things like artificial muscles for robots, self-repairing materials, and 3D-printed steel that's tougher than anything commercially available, among other things.
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US Army researchers and engineers have been busy this year, developing new capabilities and technologies that will help modernize the force.
Alexander Kott, chief scientist at Combat Capabilities Development Command's Army Research Laboratory, recently picked the Army's top 10 science and technology advancements of 2019. These are potentially game-changing developments that will help Army soldiers fight and win on future battlefields.
The list includes ongoing research and development efforts in material science, robotics, and artificial intelligence.
Kott told Insider that the research projects he selected were "the ones that had the potential for a long-term game change - something that could actually lead to a major change in future capabilities and, at the same time, that was well grounded in foundational science and technology."
Here is what made the list.
10. Artificial muscles for tougher robots.
9. Biorecognition receptors for real-time monitoring of soldier health and performance.
8. Water-based, fire-proof batteries.
7. Immediate power from water-based liquids.
6. Incredibly strong 3D-printed steel.
5. Interest detection to determine what grabs a soldier's attention in battle.
4. Artificial intelligence that can find fuel-efficient materials for improved fuel cells.
3. Robotic arrays for communication.
2. Self-repairing materials.
1. Robots that can operate on any future battlefield, no matter what that combat space looks like.
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