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Saturday, October 16, 2021

Quadrupedal robots are one of the most interesting developments in robotics in recent years.

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...The image above shows a quadrupedal robot -- a Vision 60 unit built by US firm Ghost Robotics -- that's been equipped with a custom gun by small-arms specialists Sword International.

It seems the gun itself (dubbed the SPUR or "special purpose unmanned rifle") is designed to be fitted onto a variety of robotic platforms. It has a 30x optical zoom, thermal camera for targeting in the dark, and an effective range of 1,200 meters....


This is not going to end well...

#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-10-16 12:20 PM | Reply

Every new technology is guaranteed to be used in 1 of 2 ways.

Military or porn.

They both invest heavily.

#2 | Posted by BillJohnson at 2021-10-16 01:01 PM | Reply

I've warned you guys for years we need to discourage this kind of technological development. Ffs we can't even keep hackers out of hospitals mainframes can you imagine what's going to happen when one of these things is being operated by someone that means to cause As Much Death and destruction as they can?

#3 | Posted by Tor at 2021-10-16 01:21 PM | Reply

#2 | POSTED BY BILLJOHNSON AT 2021-10-16 01:01 PM | FLAG: SPENDS ALL HIS MONEY ON PORN

#4 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2021-10-16 01:24 PM | Reply

@#3 ... we can't even keep hackers out of hospitals mainframes can you imagine what's going to happen when one of these things is being operated by someone that means to cause As Much Death and destruction as they can? ...

Just happened upon this article recently...

NSA Renews Focus On Securing Military Weapons Systems Against 'Capable' Rivals
breakingdefense.com

...The head of the National Security Agency's Cybersecurity Directorate said that one of his agency's top priorities has become protecting US weapons systems from cyber threats, representing a shift in focus brought about by the rise of an increasingly multipolar world with highly capable cyber adversaries.

"We spent the past 20 years in Afghanistan, where our weapons systems were not targeted by the foe," because it lacked the technical capability, NSA's Rob Joyce told the annual Billington Cybersecurity Summit on Wednesday. "But near-peer adversaries have the capabilities to exploit us when we do things incorrectly," Joyce continued, referring to China and Russia. Joyce also said Iran and North Korea remain a concern as increasingly capable cyber adversaries.

"In terms of weapons systems, we have computers on wings, at sea, and on land. We don't think of [weapons systems] that way, but none of them work without computers," Joyce observed.

Indeed, the Defense Department's Joint All Domain Command and Control (JADC2), viewed by officials as a sort of holy grail for future warfare, is envisioned to be a large of network -- or an interconnected network of service-specific networks -- that will rely on many traditional information technologies....



#5 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-10-16 01:27 PM | Reply

en.wikipedia.org

#6 | Posted by Tor at 2021-10-16 01:43 PM | Reply

@#6 ... The bomber will always get through ...

The defense has to be 100% effective, 100% of the time.

The bomber just needs to be lucky once.

#7 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-10-16 01:53 PM | Reply

It's the million monkeys with typewriters phenomenon. Give them enough time and they'll produce any and all possible combinations of keystrokes.

#8 | Posted by Tor at 2021-10-16 02:05 PM | Reply

It was the best of times, it was the blurst of times....

#9 | Posted by Danforth at 2021-10-16 02:18 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

This is a step up from when the Dallas PD ironically used one of their bomb disposal robots to blow up a shooter.

#10 | Posted by YAV at 2021-10-16 02:52 PM | Reply

@9

You stupid monkey!

#11 | Posted by Tor at 2021-10-16 03:54 PM | Reply

"They're putting guns on robot dogs now"

I wanted sharks with frickin' lasers!

#12 | Posted by Danforth at 2021-10-16 04:26 PM | Reply

The Feral Trumpers and Qtards don't stand a chance. LOL.

#13 | Posted by a_monson at 2021-10-17 01:32 AM | Reply

Why is it a dog? Could be a cat, or a deer or whatever.

#14 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2021-10-17 02:02 PM | Reply

Oh I know why. Dogs are our favorite slaves so of course an ultra-obedient machine with no freewill would remind them of a dog.

#15 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2021-10-17 02:04 PM | Reply

"Ghost Robotics has stressed that, in its present form, with regards to employing the weapon, SPUR is entirely operator-controlled and does not have any autonomous capabilities."

"IN ITS PRESENT FORM"

#16 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2021-10-17 02:11 PM | Reply

Could have used a few of those armed robot dogs to protect the capital last January 6th.

#17 | Posted by a_monson at 2021-10-17 05:30 PM | Reply

Of course they are.

#18 | Posted by fresno500 at 2021-10-17 05:39 PM | Reply

Sniper Rifle, not an "assault" watchamacallit. Guess what will be on our streets patrolling in the future?

#19 | Posted by DMTDust at 2021-10-17 10:00 PM | Reply

#14 | POSTED BY TFDNIHILIST

Why a duck? Why-a no chicken?

#20 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2021-10-18 10:06 AM | Reply

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