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Mapping Weak Signals

Inspired by: FP7 » Robot Swarm Intelligence

version: 5 / updated: 2010-12-23
id: #1287 / version id: #60
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Originally submitted by: Cornelia Daheim
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Source of inspiration

European Commission Framework Programme for RTD (FP7)

Theme/activity of inspiration

IDEAS: Interdisciplinary

Optional reference/s to FP7 project/s

Use the following format: Project Acronym (Project Reference No.). Use commas if more than one project is associated to this Wild Card, for example: ALFA-BIRD (213266), SAFAR (213374), LAPCAT-II (211485)
FESTOS FP7 Project

Signal's headline

(max. 9 words)
Robot Swarm Intelligence

Signal's description

(approx. 150 words)
Please describe the Weak Signal (approx. 150 words)
Enhanced research on robot swarm intelligence might soon allow robots to communicate and build a system. Cooperation is organized, self-dynamic, and self-contained by intelligent robots. such capabilities are already demonstrated in certain military R&D.


robots, intelligence, system building, robot swarm, self-organisation


(max. 250 characters)
Enhanced research on robot swarm intelligence might soon allow robots to communicate and build a system. Cooperation is organized, self-dynamic, and self-contained by intelligent robots.

Signal's first apperance


Signal's potential evolution

It could lead to...
issue type of issue/development potential impact on society timeframe for the issue to become at least 50% probable
#1 WI: Robot swarm intelligence is widely introduced, e.g. in agriculture or manufacturing companies, and replaces a vast number of employees. Additionally robots develop an independent existence and develop unexpected behaviours as attacking human workers. new/emerging

Under what assumption the Weak Signal might evolve.

new focus is set on research in AI and robotics


please specify
please select
Level 2: important for a particular world region world regions doing research in this field

Filters preventing the signal's monitoring

institutional filters (rules, laws, regulations)
political filters (party or ideological interests)

Comments on selection:

naturally such development are secured in the first phase

Key driving forces of this signal

Please use these boxes to provide up to 2 drivers of HIGH importance. Click on HELP to see examples:
Driver 1 Driver 2
Technological/Scientific Technology push
Political security needs

Major risks & opportunities associated to the signal

Please choose the most appropriate timeframe option(s) to which you would like to provide inputs.
Risks Opportunities
between 2015-2025 use for surveilance and privacy introsion solve security needs

Potential stakeholders' actions

short-term actions
(after 2015)
Policy actors (at the international, European and national levels) regulations

Signal's relevance for European Grand Challenges

where? please justify:
particularly relevant Europe world
Techno-security, hazard & risk security missions
Water security/vulnerability monitor water sources

Signal's relevance for thematic research areas

please justify:
particularly relevant
ICT - Information & communication technologies

Pan-European strategies influencing the signal

please justify:
particularly relevant
Increasing the efficiency and impact of public research through Joint Programming (i.e. combining national and pan-European research efforts) or the optimisation of research programmes and priorities, for example.

Signal's relevance for future R&D and STI policies

Note: RTD = research and technology development; STI = science, technology and innovation
RTD- improve robotics RTD