Many might think we have a bit of an obsession with robots – or at the very least with the thought of their steely claws ripping the flesh from our bones –but it seems more people are sitting up and taking notice outside of the frantically panicked newsrooms here at eBuzz Towers.
A recent editorial at Gizmodo has gone into some detail on the military applications of artificial persons, and has drawn some interesting conclusions about their use in warfare and what it might mean for the future to come.
We’re past the deliberative stage. And just because Boston Dynamics may not actively be coordinating with the US military doesn’t mean we won’t see fully autonomous Atlas warbots in our lifetime. In fact, it feels more inevitable than ever.
This past summer I saw robots drive cars, open doors, climb stairs, and drill through walls. Just replace the power-drill with a gun, and you’ve got the makings of a robot army. We joke about it now, given how comedically slow the robots of the DARPA Robotics Challenge were. But what the world saw were merely the grandparents of the robot war-machines we’ll see dispatched around the globe.
So, all told we have an exciting and not at all terrifying path to tread en route to exploting the military capabilities of our android killing machines. Hurrah!