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Robots Take Center Stage in U.S. War in Afghanistan
fox news ^ | March 23, 2009 | Matt Sanchez

Posted on 03/23/2009 3:33:40 PM PDT by Flavius

The U.S. military is calling out the "BigDogs" in addition to its big guns as it deploys more troops to fight terrorists in Afghanistan.

The BigDogs — four-legged robots that can navigate the country's treacherous terrain — and pilotless helicopters than can transport tons of supplies to very remote bases are just two of the new weapons being tested in Afghanistan.

The war zone is increasingly becoming a development laboratory for machines that don't eat, sleep, polish their boots or suffer casualties. But can they succeed where man struggles?

It takes a moment for the senses even to comprehend BigDog, a four-legged robot that vaguely resembles a headless pack animal.

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they should be fun going door to door in no so far future

We're not used to thinking of them this way. But many advanced military weapons are essentially robotic -- picking targets out automatically, slewing into position, and waiting only for a human to pull the trigger. Most of the time. Once in a while, though, these machines start firing mysteriously on their own. The South African National Defence Force "is probing whether a software glitch led to an antiaircraft cannon malfunction that killed nine soldiers and seriously injured 14 others during a shooting exercise on Friday."

http://blog.wired.com/defense/2007/10/robot-cannon-ki.html

1 posted on 03/23/2009 3:33:40 PM PDT by Flavius
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they built robots, whole armies of them, but it was no use. trapper keeper was too strong for them.


2 posted on 03/23/2009 3:36:29 PM PDT by chuck_the_tv_out
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The U.S. military is calling out the "BigDogs" in addition to its big guns as it deploys more troops to fight terrorists man caused disasters in Afghanistan.
3 posted on 03/23/2009 3:40:37 PM PDT by ari-freedom ( Hail to the Dork!)
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http://www.nbc.com/Saturday_Night_Live/video/clips/old-glory-insurance/229049/


4 posted on 03/23/2009 3:42:34 PM PDT by marbren
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DrmYk_VBelg


5 posted on 03/23/2009 3:45:01 PM PDT by mamelukesabre
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When one thinks about it, air defense (High and medium alt) is essentially an automated and digital process. Your life already depends on machines/computers determining whether you’re friend of foe, if your a TBM or plane.........


6 posted on 03/23/2009 3:50:15 PM PDT by Red6
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Those walkers never did that good in Star Wars.


7 posted on 03/23/2009 3:51:11 PM PDT by AmusedBystander (Obamania - just say nope to this dope's hope and tell him to keep the change.)
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Awesome!

No nation on this planet can leverage technology and resource for a fighting force like we can! No one.


8 posted on 03/23/2009 3:58:25 PM PDT by Red6
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since china is making all the circuits i imagine they will be right along swimmingly


9 posted on 03/23/2009 4:00:25 PM PDT by Flavius
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Those walkers never did that good in Star Wars.

But that was one of the all-time cool Sci-Fi battle scenes!   ;-)


10 posted on 03/23/2009 4:19:21 PM PDT by 6SJ7 (Atlas Shrugged Mode: ON)
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You’re thinking of Jedi. The big walkers in Empire were quite successful. I think the rebels were only able to down 2 with their cables, and Luke got one with a bomb. In fact, it was the only real evidence of competence on the part of an imperial commander in the (original) series. Also, according to the books, the big walkers normally walk a lot faster, but the snow surface was too treacherous, so they had to move slowly.


11 posted on 03/23/2009 5:23:24 PM PDT by Little Pig (Is it time for "Cowboys and Islamofanatics" yet?)
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