MSNBC says that the
Pentagon has OKed robo-war research. The Pentagon has approved
$15 billion to build and test a lethal robot fighting force. This may
be stating the obvious, but the war of the future will be a robo-war.
The Army will
make another decision in 2008 to decide if they want to spend billions
These robots include anything from
New Nanotech accessorized uniforms for soldiers to surveillance
drones to lethal
4 wheeled hunter killer mules
In addition, the battlefield of tomorrow may include
Nano "bugs" which
tiny sensors like
smart dust laid all
over the battlefield to give
soldiers enemy position information real time. Actually the Government
to Spend even more billions on the new robo-military to take us
to the next level of robo-war. So when we watch a robot wars show
on TV it may be the real thing!
Other military robot articles to mill through:
CMU to make ground autonomous vehicles for the Marines,
Model planes now a terror threat,
The direction of research.
With war robots progressing at this rate, we're going to need some
robots that know Asimov's four laws to protect us from them before long.
I think Asimov's stories and Saberhagen's Berserker series should be
required reading for anyone building military robots.
I just noticed that they are considering restricting or banning radio
control model airplanes.
Bummer, I've built and flown models for many many years.
Techically, you yould build a decent RC model, use a Futaba Horizon
stabilizer unit, maybe a new gyro stabilizer (like novices need when
they are learning) throw in a simple MCU for a controller, and set it
off on a preprogrammed course. Payload depends on how big and powerful
it is. If you get fancy you could throw in a camera and a DSP for image
What's next - will they ban Legos or robotics? What about pointed sticks
- some terrorist might use a pointed stick as weapon, so obviously
anyone who owns wood-working equipment must be a terrorist too. These
folks are getting totally carried away. My feeling is the sooner we can
get some of 'em out of office and restore a little sanity, the better.
I'd like to see the whole "homeland security" thing shutdown before it
turns the US into some sort of totalitarian dictatorship.
Well, if they do ban RC models, I'm stuck with a big pile of equipment
and models. I guess I'll be a ter....ist too in that case. Plus they
kill a big hobby industry overnight. More layoffs.
I assume that unless your doing military robotics that it'll be next on
the list for all us other non-pros.
At this rate the DARPA Los Angeles to Las Vegas robotics event should
be banned as a robotic vehicles would make a great weapon.