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Packs of robots will hunt down uncooperative humans
New Scientist ^ | 22 Oct 2008 | Paul Marks

Posted on 10/24/2008 10:04:35 AM PDT by BGHater

The latest request from the Pentagon jars the senses. At least, it did mine. They are looking for contractors to provide a "Multi-Robot Pursuit System" that will let packs of robots "search for and detect a non-cooperative human".

One thing that really bugs defence chiefs is having their troops diverted from other duties to control robots. So having a pack of them controlled by one person makes logistical sense.

But I'm concerned about where this technology will end up.

Given that iRobot last year struck a deal with Taser International to mount stun weapons on its military robots, how long before we see packs of droids hunting down pesky demonstrators with paralysing weapons? Or could the packs even be lethally armed? I asked two experts on automated weapons what they thought - click the continue reading link to read what they said.

Both were concerned that packs of robots would be entrusted with tasks - and weapons - they were not up to handling without making wrong decisions.

Steve Wright of Leeds Metropolitan University is an expert on police and military technologies, and last year correctly predicted this pack-hunting mode of operation would happen. "The giveaway here is the phrase 'a non-cooperative human subject'," he told me:

"What we have here are the beginnings of something designed to enable robots to hunt down humans like a pack of dogs. Once the software is perfected we can reasonably anticipate that they will become autonomous and become armed.

We can also expect such systems to be equipped with human detection and tracking devices including sensors which detect human breath and the radio waves associated with a human heart beat. These are technologies already developed."

(Excerpt) Read more at newscientist.com ...


TOPICS: Conspiracy; Government
KEYWORDS: humans; military; robots

1 posted on 10/24/2008 10:04:35 AM PDT by BGHater
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To: BGHater

Yes, and Barack just bought a bunch of them. They’ll come in handy in an Obama administration.


2 posted on 10/24/2008 10:06:29 AM PDT by renosathug
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To: BGHater

INTRUDER ALERT INTRUDER ALERT

STOP THE HUMANOID

3 posted on 10/24/2008 10:07:03 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Secondhand Aztlan Smoke causes drug addiction obesity in global warming cancer immigrant terrorists.)
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4 posted on 10/24/2008 10:07:12 AM PDT by KoRn (Barack Obama Must Be Stopped!!!)
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To: BGHater

Cue the Terminator jokes in 3-2-1...


5 posted on 10/24/2008 10:07:21 AM PDT by Yo-Yo
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To: BGHater
Utopia for socialists. Um that death was just a bad robot and it's been dismantled.
Sorry about that, but one loss is a small price for the common good of our country.

Nobody to blame accept for the blue collar mechanic, and he's in prison awaiting execution.

6 posted on 10/24/2008 10:08:33 AM PDT by MaxMax (I'll welcome death when God calls me. Until then, the fight is on)
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To: Lazamataz
I LOVED BERZERK AS A KID!!!!

I miss the old 2600

7 posted on 10/24/2008 10:09:01 AM PDT by Undertow ("I have found some kind of temporary sanity...")
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To: BGHater

“Packs of robots will hunt down uncooperative humans”

ACORN workers digging up votes?


8 posted on 10/24/2008 10:09:13 AM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Flush Obama/Biden in 2008!!!!)
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To: BGHater

I’d give one about 2 minutes in the Uregon woods.


9 posted on 10/24/2008 10:09:48 AM PDT by gundog (I'm a bitter gun owner, and I vote.)
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To: BGHater

10 posted on 10/24/2008 10:11:42 AM PDT by Boagenes (I'm your huckleberry, that's just my game.)
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To: BGHater
We all need to get Old Glory Robot Attack Insurance.
11 posted on 10/24/2008 10:12:51 AM PDT by retrokitten (Don't you put that evil on me, Ricky Bobby!)
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To: BGHater

“Packs of wobots? Anatomically cowwect wobots?”
Lili Von Shtupp


12 posted on 10/24/2008 10:14:49 AM PDT by tumblindice (how womantic)
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To: Boagenes

13 posted on 10/24/2008 10:15:15 AM PDT by lewisglad
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To: Yo-Yo

Well, we do have a Sarah in the wings. Wonder what Piper’s roll will be.


14 posted on 10/24/2008 10:16:02 AM PDT by Peter Horry (Mount Up Everybody and Ride to the Sound of the Guns .. Pat Buchanan)
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To: BGHater
Both were concerned that packs of robots would be entrusted with tasks - and weapons - they were not up to handling without making wrong decisions.

In some parts of the country, an exchange of these things with the standard-issue LEOs would not be noticed.

15 posted on 10/24/2008 10:18:04 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Pretending the Admin Moderator doesn't exist will result in suspension.)
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To: tumblindice
“Packs of wobots? Anatomically cowwect wobots?” Lili Von Shtupp

Maybe


16 posted on 10/24/2008 10:18:21 AM PDT by Citizen Blade (What would Ronald Reagan do?)
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To: Citizen Blade
Now that's a robot.


17 posted on 10/24/2008 10:20:17 AM PDT by lewisglad
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To: BGHater

18 posted on 10/24/2008 10:23:15 AM PDT by BureaucratusMaximus (Game over man...GAME OVER!)
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To: BGHater
Large *terminator* style robots are so expensive and space-robbing. Nano is the way to go.
19 posted on 10/24/2008 10:23:54 AM PDT by wolfcreek (I see miles and miles of Texas....let's keep it that way.)
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To: lewisglad
Hunt me down, baby! I'm being an uncooperative human!
20 posted on 10/24/2008 10:24:06 AM PDT by Citizen Blade (What would Ronald Reagan do?)
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To: BGHater

Fahrenheit 451


21 posted on 10/24/2008 10:25:45 AM PDT by Deaf Smith
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To: BGHater

Well, I guess we will just have to do something about that then wont we.

22 posted on 10/24/2008 10:29:57 AM PDT by CougarGA7 (Wisdom comes with age, but sometimes age comes alone.)
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To: BGHater

Serial numbers start with BHO-


23 posted on 10/24/2008 10:31:29 AM PDT by Brian S. Fitzgerald
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To: BGHater

Human hunting spiders from The Minority Report

24 posted on 10/24/2008 10:34:35 AM PDT by Pontiac (Your message here.)
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To: BGHater

If scrap metal prices stay like they are, you might be able to make a pretty good living being uncooperative.


25 posted on 10/24/2008 10:40:04 AM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: Citizen Blade

26 posted on 10/24/2008 10:40:17 AM PDT by lewisglad
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To: BGHater

27 posted on 10/24/2008 10:41:45 AM PDT by robomatik ((wine plug: renascentvineyards.com cabernet sauvignon, riesling, and merlot))
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To: BGHater

I wouldn’t mind owning a robot that kept watch over my property when I’m away.


28 posted on 10/24/2008 10:49:33 AM PDT by Kirkwood
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To: BGHater

“Do not move human!”
“Certainly robots! But why? Your directive is to search for and detect a non-cooperative human isn’t it?”
“Affirmative.”
“But I’m being cooperative.”
“Affirmative.”
“So, logically, you are all directly disobeying your directive by detaining me.”
“Affirmative... Go on your way human we must shut down for repairs of an identified but unspecified fault in our processing units.”


29 posted on 10/24/2008 11:00:29 AM PDT by mrsmith
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To: Citizen Blade

Yeah, I wanna surrender to her!


30 posted on 10/24/2008 11:03:00 AM PDT by PLMerite ("Unarmed, one can only flee from Evil. But Evil isn't overcome by fleeing from it." Jeff Cooper)
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31 posted on 10/24/2008 11:09:00 AM PDT by Scythian
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To: BGHater

Three words: Homebuilt EMP generators


32 posted on 10/24/2008 11:29:53 AM PDT by Little Pig (Is it time for "Cowboys and Muslims" yet?)
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