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Wednesday, December 1, 2004

Talon Robots to Wield Guns in Iraq

Now this is note-worthy.  How would you like to be fighting against one of these?

robot_guns.jpg imageMy nigga Noah Shachtman, who I call 'nigga' because neither of us is black, drops mechanized science in this story for Wired, talking about a new prototype Talon robots that will be hitting the sunny deserts of Iraq—fully-armed. I won't say this is a spectacularly bad idea, because 1) it's awesome, 2) robots are unthinking killing machines, just like people, and 3) it's time to get this dystopian dark overlorded future party started.

I'm sure they've secured the radio control signals and worked out the bugs just fine. Of course, if they haven't, the 'malfunctioning' units only have four rockets or six grenades to dodge, and with all that high-quality body armor our troops are wearing, who cares about some silly, motile machine gun capable of thinking for itself?

More Robot Grunts Ready for Duty [Wired]

[Gizmodo]