Missy Cummings

  • Aired:  07/27/11
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Missy Cummings wants to replace the military's cumbersome battlefield surveillance technology with lightweight, smartphone-operated drones. (5:35)

EVERYBODY.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

MY GUEST TONIGHT IS A FORMER

FIGHTER-PILOT WHO DESIGNS

SEMI-AUTONOMOUS FLYING

SURVEILLANCE DRONES AT M.I.T.

BIG DEAL, I CAN PUT TOGETHER AN

IKEA STOOL.

[LAUGHTER]

PLEASE WELCOME MISSY CUMMINGS.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

WOOO!

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

CHECK IT OUT.

HEY, NICE TO MEET YOU, MISSY.

WOULD YOU CARE TO JOIN US?

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

[LAUGHTER]

NICE LANDING.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

ALL RIGHT, ALL RIGHT MISS

CUMMINGS, YOU WERE ONE OF THE

NAVY'S FIRST FEMALE FIGHTER

PILOTS?

>> THAT'S CORRECT.

>> Stephen: YOU ARE NOW AN

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR AT THE

M.I.T.'S DIRECTOR OF AYER

NAUGHTICS AND THE DIRECTOR OF

HUMAN AND AUTO IMMEDIATE

CONSIDERATION LAB.

ARE YOU MAKING MAN-MACHINE

HYBRIDS?

WHAT DOES THAT DO?

>> NOT QUITE SO EXOTIC.

WE'RE TRYING TO MAKE TECHNOLOGY

EASIER FOR HUMANS TO USE.

>> Stephen: LIKE -- WHAT COULD

BE, YOU KNOW HARDER THAN THIS?

[LAUGHTER]

THIS CAN'T BE EASY.

>> THIS TECHNOLOGY IS ACTUALLY

OFF THE SHELF.

YOU CAN BUY ONE OF THESE

YOURSELF.

WHAT WE'VE DONE THAT IS FAIRLY

NOVEL IN OUR LAB IS WE DESIGNED

A CONTROLLER THAWK MOUNT ON AN

iPHONE, ANDROID,DROID, THAT ALLOWS

ANYONE WITH THREE MINUTES OF

TRAINING TO FLY THOSE AROUND.

>> Stephen: I'LL CALL BS ON

YOU.

YESTERDAY I TRIED TO DO THIS

MYSELF WITH YOUR PHONE OPERATOR.

JIM?

OH.

[LAUGHTER]

YOU'RE WELCOME.

NOT EVERYBODY GETS AN

OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE THEIR VERY

EXPENSIVE TOY DESTROYED BY ME.

WHAT IS THIS GOING TO COST ME?

>> $5,000.

>> Stephen: DO YOU TAKE SUPER

PAC MONEY?

[LAUGHTER]

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

AM I JUST NOT GOOD?

AM I JUST NOT GOOD?

CAN REALLY ANYBODY DO THIS IN

THREE MINUTES OF TRAINING?

>> WITHIN A 95% CONFIDENCE

INTERVAL.

>> Stephen: I THOUGHT YOU WERE

A FIGHTER PILOT.

>> YES.

>> Stephen: HOW MANY OF THESE

DRONES OR DRONES LIKE THIS ARE

BEING DEPLOYED RIGHT NOW ON THE

BATTLEFIELD?

>> THEY ARE NOT OPERATIONAL

RIGHT NEW ON THE BATTLEFIELD.

PART OF THE RESEARCH WE'RE DOING

AT MIT AND OTHER PLACES IS TO

MAKE THEM OPERATIONAL.

HOW CAN WE TAKE THE TECHNOLOGY

AND REPLACE WHAT THEY HAVE IN

THE FIELD RIGHT NOW?

THE IDEA IS THAT THIS LITTLE ONE

TO TWO POUND VEHICLE CAN REPLACE

A 45-POUND -- SORRY A 100 POUND

UNMANNED AIR VEHICLE AND THAT

THE OPERATORS HAVE TO CARRY A

45-POUND COMMUNICATION PACK.

>> Stephen: WHERE COULD THIS

GUY BE OPERATING IT?

>> COULD YOU TAKE IT IN THE PACK

BACKPACK.

INSTEAD OF 100 POUNDS YOU COULD

PUT THIS IN THE AIR.

WE PUT THIS ON THE iPHONE

BECAUSE ARMY PEOPLE ARE ISSUED

SMART PHONES.

WE WANT THEM TO TAKE THE GEAR

THAT THEY HAVE.

>> Stephen: REALLY AN

IPHONE.

HOW IS AT&T'S RECEPTION IN

KANDAHAR?

FIVE BARS?

IT SEEMS LIKE WE HAVE DRONES

FIGHTING IN LIBYA, RIGHT?

WE HAVE DRONES FIGHTING IN --

THESE ARE LIKE THE UNSUNG HEROES

OF IRAQ, AFGHANISTAN AND LIBYA

AND THE HEROS FERL -- OF SOME OF

OUR UNSUNG WARS LIKE IN PAKISTAN

AND YEMEN, RIGHT?

[LAUGHTER]

ARE DRONE PILOTS GOING TO BE

TAKING OVER DOMESTIC FLIGHTS AS

WELL?

I'M IN THE SURE IF I WANT TO

HEAR SOMEONE THIS IS YOUR

CAPTAIN SPEAKING BLEEP, BLORP.

DO I HAVE THAT TO FEAR?

>> MOST COMMERCIAL JETS CAN FLY

ON THEIR OWN RIGHT NOW.

>> Stephen: THEY CAN?

>> PLANES TAKE OFF EVERY DAY

WITH A PILOT NEVER TOUCHING THE

STICK IN TODAY'S WORLD.

>> Stephen: I AM GOING TO BUY

SOME TRAIN TICKETS.

[LAUGHTER]

THERE COULD BE SEMI AUTO TON

MUSS PLANES OUT THERE?

>> THEY WILL ARE.

THE PILOT IS SITTING THERE

WATCHING AND THE MAKING SURE

EVERYTHING GOES OKAY.

THIS HAPPENS MORE IN EUROPE THAN

IT DOES IN THE UNITED STATES.

WE ACTUALLY HAVE A CULTURAL

ISSUE.

WE'RE NOT AS OPEN TO IT AS

POTENTIALLY PEOPLE IN OTHER

COUNTRIES.

>> Stephen: WE'VE BEEN WARNED

BY DOCUMENT RICKS LIKE 2001-A

SPACE ODD I DID THAT THE ROBOTS

WILL RISE UP AGAINST US.

HOW DO I KNOW THIS ROBOT IS R2D2

AND IN THE THE HOW 9000.

BECAUSE IT HAS AMERICAN FLAGS ON

IT.

>> Stephen: YOU ARE SPEAKING

MY LANGUAGE.

IF YOU'D LIKE TO GO, GO AHEAD.

SAY GOODBYE, EVERYBODY.

YOU MAY BE A MASTER AT HUMAN

MACHINE INTERACTION.

>> I'M READY.

>> Stephen: LET'S SEE WHETHER

YOU CAN BEAT ME AT ROCK 'EM SOCK

'EM ROBOTS.

BEFORE WE GO THANK FOR JOINING

ME.

>> MY PLEASURE.

DIRECTOR O

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