Monday, October 18, 2021

killer Robot Dogs - Ghost Robotics

 We now have to fear deadly robot dogs as well.


 

Robot Dog
                                 theverge.com

It didn't take long for someone to design a four-legged robot with a remote-controlled weapon.

Dogs have traditionally been human hunting companions, so it's only natural that, nearly as soon as artificial quadrupeds are perfected, we'll start strapping massive guns to them. While Boston Dynamics does not want Spot to be used for evil, there are plenty of other companies that are happy to build robot dogs for war.

The Vision-60 quadruped from Ghost Robotics moves on four legs in the same way as Boston Dynamics' Spot does. The Vision-60, which is equipped with a variety of sensors and cameras, is agile enough to stay on all fours while gliding across the ice, so don't think you'll be able to arrange some Home Alone-style hijinks to avoid a pack of terrifying robot dogs.

Furthermore, the Vision-60 may not even need to be near you to kill you. S.W.O.R.D. Defense Systems, a genuine firm, not a spoof of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, has debuted a robot dog accessory dubbed a Special Purpose Unmanned Rifle, or SPUR, that provides military skills to the robot. The SPUR has a 30x zoom thermal camera, allowing a remote operator to detect living, breathing targets even in the dead of night. Isn't that great?

The Vision-60 quadcopter and SPUR rifle are meant to allow soldiers to get close to a target without putting themselves in danger, yet the gun has a range of about 1.2 kilometers, allowing it to hit a target from just over 1 kilometer away. The SPUR+Vision-60 combination was revealed at the Association of the United States Army's annual conference in Washington, DC, but it's unknown whether it's been sold to any forces around the world. The quadcopter has been tested by the US and Australian militaries, as well as other organizations that are less transparent about their operations. Remember how concerned we were about robots performing parkour? Those were the good old days.

 

Article By Gerluxe

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