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Slideshow: Military Robots Go Where Soldiers Can't
4/20/2012

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The iRobot 510 PackBot was the first robot to provide glimpses inside the reactor buildings of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant after the March 2011 tsunami and earthquake. Traveling at up to 5.8mph, it climbs stairs, rolls over rubble, and navigates narrow passages. It weighs 24 pounds without batteries and relays real-time video, audio, and other sensory information, including GPS, compass, inclinometer, and accelerometer data. (Source: iRobot)
The iRobot 510 PackBot was the first robot to provide glimpses inside the reactor buildings of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant after the March 2011 tsunami and earthquake. Traveling at up to 5.8mph, it climbs stairs, rolls over rubble, and navigates narrow passages. It weighs 24 pounds without batteries and relays real-time video, audio, and other sensory information, including GPS, compass, inclinometer, and accelerometer data.
(Source: iRobot)

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Island_Al
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Re: Robots going where
Island_Al   5/10/2012 9:36:04 AM
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But what happens when its OUR troops that encounter killing machines that have no fear?  This will cost lives, not save lives.  Humans always seem to think that the "other side" are idiots. But witness the recent capture of the drone by Iran. I suspect they spoofed the drone's GPS into thinking it was back home safely so it simply landed. Not a shot was fired. All technology can be weaponized. The future does not seem rosey for humans unless we all realize that killing other people will not solve the majority of the problems.

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Ann R. Thryft   5/24/2012 4:04:37 PM
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I think the point about the tendency to assume the other side are idiots is a very good one. From what I've seen, it's not just the US, or those nations we currently call friends, that are working on R&D for autonomous lethalized robots.

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Re: Robots a live saver
KingDWS   6/7/2012 7:44:11 PM
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Of all those robots shown only the talon swat has been weaponized. I think with shotgun. Didn't think big dog was off the leash yet :-) last time I saw it they were still trying to sort out the pgo effect when starting to move. They were talking about a version that would home in on the future solider gear and retrieve wounded. None of these are really autonomous and nothing has the versatility as a human in combat. And boots on the ground are how you occupy territory. Not sure robots turning other robots into scrap will accomplish much as there is nothing risked.

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History of Weaponry
GTME83   11/21/2012 10:26:57 AM
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Spears, bow & arrows, swords, catapults, shields, knight's armor, guns, machine guns, etc.... Man has used technology to try to gain a weapon's advantage since the dawn of time. It is not that you assume that your opponent is an idiot, quite the contrary; you assume he is very smart. That is why you have to try to stay one step ahead.

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Wheels won't get you where you need to go.
Mike Rilee   11/21/2012 2:33:21 PM
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It's way past time to get to the next "step" "http://youtu.be/VSKjQ0UWTnM".

 

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William K.   11/21/2012 4:08:10 PM
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Robots turning robots into scrap is A WHOLE LOT BETTER than anything turning ME into garbage! Any day and every time! As for "weaponized " robots, I have seen a small robotic thing with a pair of minicannons mounted and it could carry "quite a few" rounds. That was a while back, and I am not at liberty to provide details, except that it was a US project. That was a serious robot that I would never want to meet up with.

Ann R. Thryft
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Ann R. Thryft   11/26/2012 2:00:28 PM
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Hmmm, that's a good point King DWS: if we're making and deploying weaponized robots and so is the other side, what's the point of robots duking it out with each other? For that matter, I wonder if the weaponized bots are being designed to take out humans or other bots, or both?

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Battar   5/2/2013 9:00:02 AM
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Ann, sorry to get political, but from reading the news it is hard not to get the impression that those who are unfriendly towards th US and its' allies are concentrating on autonomous, lethalized humans, not robots. I know of at least one occasion in which a bomb disposal robot was deployed to disarm a suicide bomber who had been shot and wounded, and it was unclear whether he was still cabable of triggering his IED.

Ann R. Thryft
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Ann R. Thryft   5/2/2013 11:50:39 AM
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Battar, if you mean suicide bombers, yes, they've been around for some time and we've all heard of them. But I'm not sure what your point is--what do you see as the connection between them and these robots?

Battar
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Battar   5/5/2013 3:01:24 AM
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I thought I made it clear that in future conflict military robots would more likely be facing primitvely armed opposition combatants than facing the oppositions robots.

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