Monday, March 5, 2012

Coming Soon: really fast robots made to wage world wide wars

Let’s face it, man has been suspicious of robots since the first one was cobbled together out of scrap metal pieces.

Here’s an article that depicts fast robots for future wars. The inventors say it can also be used for humanitarian purposes. Wanna bet that doesn’t happen?

News snippet:

“If there's anything scarier than a cheetah coming after you, it'd have to be a headless robo-cheetah coming after you at record speed.

That nightmare is now a reality thanks to DARPA's Cheetah robot, whose 18 mph pace has set a land speed record for machines with legs.”

It doesn’t look like a cheetah, but the suckers sure fast!

The feat, revealed today on the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's website, is aimed at developing combat robots that can outrun and evade humans on foot — and a 3:20 mile should just about do it. (The world record for humans is 3:43.) Boston Dynamics has been working on the cheetah-bot as part of DARPA's Maximum Mobility and Manipulation program, or M3.

The company says that in addition to the military applications, the robots can be used for humanitarian purposes such as emergency rescue and disaster response.”

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