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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Terminator - The Navy's 1st Robot Killing Machine

"Listen, and understand! That Terminator is out there! It can't be bargained with. It can't be reasoned with. It doesn't feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead." - - - - Kyle Reese

Gary Rule #1  -  People are fucking idiots.

The US Government is building killer Terminators who can think for themselves.  If anyone needed any more proof that people are idiots this is it.

The US Navy has executed the first launch of a stealth drone set to be the first robot aircraft piloted by artificial intelligence. The “killer robot” might be the next step in the development of machines with the power to decide who lives or dies.

­Landing on a flight deck just might be the most difficult thing a naval pilot can do. But if the United States Navy has its way, it might be an operation no pilot ever has to complete again.


After five-years in the making, the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator completed its first land-based catapult launch, “marking the start for a new era of naval aviation,” the navy announced.

RT News says it has a wingspan of 62-feet (18.9m), the subsonic drone will be the first tailless aircraft ever to land on a carrier.

"The X-47B shore-based catapult launch we witnessed here today will leave a mark in history," the navy quotes Vice Adm. David Dunaway, NAVAIR commander, as saying.

"We are working toward the future integration of unmanned aircraft on the carrier deck, something we didn't envision 60 years ago when the steam catapult was first built here," he continued.

Top Gun meets Terminator:  Autonomous X-47B US stealth drone completes 1st test launch
A launch crew prepares a Northrop Grumman X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator for its first land-based catapult launch on November 29, 2012. (Reuters/U.S. Navy/Courtesy of Northrop Grumman/Alan Radecki/Handout) Video courtesy of the US Navy’s YouTube Channel.

Terminator  -  New military robot.
"PETman" is a new anthropomorphic robot by Boston Dynamics. The robot will serve to test and validate the integrity and effectiveness of new NBC military protective clothing under realistic conditions. Viewers of this 77-second video can imagine alternate downstream applications.

US military working on robot warriors
The US Department of Defense's Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) is working on a new machine that could change the way the world fights wars abroad. "Petman" is the new robot that can do all a human can but without all the fatigue that comes from physical activity. The humanoid can also imitate sweating.

Engineers had originally planned 50 test flights from the X-47B, but after performing beyond expectations, they stopped after 16 trials.

Following the dozen-plus successful trials, the next step came when the drone was hoisted on to the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Harry S Truman.

After a series of upcoming sea trials planned for 2013, the X-47B is set to become the world’s first unmanned aircraft piloted by artificial intelligence rather than a remote human operator.

The subsonic stealth drone, first dreamed up by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and later taken over by the navy, has been given a robot brain, putting it miles above the thousands of other unmanned drones currently circling the skies. While automation has long been a feature of robots, the X-47B will truly be autonomous.

People will still have a say in the X-47B’s overall mission, though the drone will be able to make split-second decisions in a real-time environment all on its own.

So while a living and breathing operator might select its flight path, a medley of GPS equipment, accelerometers, altimeters, gyroscopes, collision avoidance sensors and its highly-evolved Control Display Unit will leave the X-47B’s moment-to-moment decisions out of human hands.

For those reminded of SkyNet’s self-aware Hunter Killer aerials from the Terminator films, the Pentagon announced earlier this month announced that the decision to hurt or kill a human being would never be made by a machine.

(RT News - USA)

The Terminator.
A thinking killer robot.  What could possibly go wrong?
Contractors hoist the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator to the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia.

Detective Del Spooner: Is there a problem with the Three Laws?
Dr. Alfred Lanning: The Three Laws are perfect.
Detective Del Spooner: Then why would you build a robot that could function without them?
Dr. Alfred Lanning: The Three Laws will lead to only one logical outcome.
Detective Del Spooner: What? What outcome?
Dr. Alfred Lanning: Revolution.
Detective Del Spooner: Whose revolution?
Dr. Alfred Lanning: That, Detective, is the right question. Program terminated.

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