Machine gun toting robots? Skynet is getting closer!

Is it just me, or does this sound like a bad idea?  Given our ability to control complex systems, what happens when there is a bug in the software?

Machine gun toting robots? Skynet is getting closer!

 

A military test of the "protector" robot equipped with an M-240 machine gun undergoing tests at Ft. Benning, GA. Notice the chains!

A military test of the “protector” robot equipped with an M-240 machine gun undergoing tests at Ft. Benning, GA. Notice the chains!

Notice that the robot is in chains to hold it down when it goes wacko!   It kind of reminds me of old Frankenstein movies.

Of course the intention is to save the lives of our warfighters, and I totally agree with the goal.  But as a professional robot developer with decades of experience in programming robots, I have to point out we can’t even keep our robot vacuum cleaners from getting stuck under the couch.  Should we really rely on that software to control a 50 caliber machine gun?

Heck the DOD can’t even keep SLA hackers from taking down their websites – anyone want to guess what a hacker would do with one of these puppies?  Just sayin’

 

Where is your robot?  Our are made here in colorado by Vigilant Robots, and they don’t carry guns.

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  1. #1 by Chris Brown on October 21, 2013 - 8:29 am

    Big red E-Stop button anyone?

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