"There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with
power to endanger the public liberty." - - - - John Adams

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Pentagon orders production of 4,100 Terminators

Welcome to the Future
Robots Controlling Robots

(UK Mirror)  -  Robots controlling robots; what could possibly go wrong ?

One bemused owner found out when he allowed his robot to take control of a no-doubt-expensive drone.

Scott Blais (51), a retired state trooper and freelance software developer, filmed his Aldebaran Robotics Nao V5 asking if it can play with the drone .

He agrees to let the robotic tyke have it's fun, but all does not go to plan. It proceeds to fly the drone far away out of sight.

The drone is eventually brought back but only after crashing into trees, causing minor damage.

“Nao the robot was really flying the drone. What I love especially about this video is that I really had no idea what was going to happen.

“I gave the robot what I thought were safe moves to keep the drone in my field of vision until things went totally wrong, twice!

“Did I learn a lesson from this?” he said.

“Yes! Letting a robot control another robot probably isn't the greatest idea in the world, because after all we are supposed to be the ones in command of robots."

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The Rise of Military Terminators

A Police State of Armed Robots
Over 4,100 Terminators have been 
ordered by the Pentagon

(Defense One)  -  As military-grade robotics get cheaper and more capable, someone will arm them and put them on American streets.

Robot-maker Sean Bielat says he’s fine with the Dallas Police Department’s apparently unprecedented use of a police bomb-disposal robot to kill a gunman.

“My initial reaction was that we have just got onto the slippery slope,” said Heather Roff, a senior research fellow at Oxford and a research scientist at Arizona State University’s Global Security Initiative. “This is going to be very hard to put back and that the militarization of police capabilities means that they may now feel that it is reasonable to use robotics in this way to ensure compliance…If one doesn’t have to talk to a subject and can demand compliance, then this may mean more forceful or coercive demands are made.”

As military research pushes robotics prices down and Pentagon policies push battlefield gear to domestic law enforcement agencies, expect to see more armed robots on American streets.

.. . . the Army’s Common Robotic System Individual, or CRS (I), which aims to supply its infantry units with 4,100 sub-25-pound robots. Bielat anticipates that the Marine Corps will also sign onto the program, and perhaps more military groups as well. Many users will want to modify the robots to handle their own set of tasks — that could include lethal ones.

“As you see robots move out of the EOD [bomb disposal] community and into the infantry, you’re going to have people saying, ‘Hey, these things are really useful. What would make them even more useful is x, y, and z, and that probably includes some level of armament.”

. . . the 1033 program, which allows local and state law-enforcement agencies to request military technology  — will make police robots useful, cheap, and ubiquitous, Bielat says. The program wouldn’t provide armed military robots to police, but police may decide to arm them, says Bielat.

“Just like you have a laptop in every squad car and cameras in every squad car, you would have a small robot, not an EOD robot, but a small robot in every squad car and maybe that thing has a taser device on it, or some other less-than-lethal capability,” he said. “And maybe that’s used to approach a motorist at night when a cop doesn’t want to go up and approach with their hand on their holster. Maybe the robot goes up instead.”

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Beware the Beast Man
Rod Serling wrote these words so many years ago. 
Nothing has changed to make me think he was wrong.

"Beware the beast Man, for he is the Devil's pawn. Alone among God's primates, he kills for sport or lust or greed. Yea, he will murder his brother to possess his brother's land. Let him not breed in great numbers, for he will make a desert of his home and yours. Shun him; drive him back into his jungle lair, for he is the harbinger of death."
Planet of the Apes (1968)

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