March 22nd, 2008
And your plan escape to a place where there is snow, ice, and cinder blocks will no longer save you:
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I realised it wasn’t two people in black leotards about the point where it got kicked. I totally glossed over the idea of it taking over the world (silly, I know, but I welcome robotic overlords so I have nothing to fear). Then got really excited about the prosthetics possibilities – especially if they team up with someone like Segway – who built a wheelchair that can climbs stairs.
Speaking of whirring servos and robot apocalypse, Florida can has hovering police drones? http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080326/tc_nm/usa_security_drones_dc;_ylt=An3Ghypk.YkMMEMlTbPfLn6s0NUE
I’m just glad that, for now, they’re at least not going to be able to sneak up on us.
How long till the researchers put a torso on that thing and turn it into a minotaur? …with a machine gun.
Somehow I find the idea of robotic mythological creatures slightly more terrifying than naked cyborgs with European accents.
I guess I meant centaur. I tend to get all those man-beast hybrids a little mixed up.
Dude, that thing is amazing. It looks alive.
First I thought it was a cute little dog-size thing negotiating some slopes, although I wondered about all the lawnmower/chainsaw noise, but then I saw that it reaches that guy’s chest (hence BigDog) and — OH GOD he kicked it sideways and it freakin adjusted itself… The rest of the clip I could only see a headless zombie horse stumbling around.
Also the last part with the jumping surprised me, especially it’s speed.
This has been one of my favorite videos for the last few months.
I keep imagining seeing one of those things, maybe with some cosmetic additions to make it look more like a living thing, coming after me in the woods, and me leaving a trail of piss behind me as a run screaming.
Gotta love it.
There are several more videos… it can leap over gaps, climb, react to interference… and this is just the current model! Check out some of BD’s other stuff. When they start combining all this technology… watch out, Humankind! Your days are numbered!
what are they thinking? how can any of it benefit humans–i guess sooner or later we will end up being killed by robots because of crazy people like them who wont leave well enough alone—they might just be movies–but all the robot killing people movies have way too much possible truth to them dont you think? why push toward that at all? Hello!
Wholly Donkey Balls!!!
You think that was scary, look at this one! http://tinyurl.com/2unkum
It will make you fall out of your chair!
So, where’s safe then? Underwater? The sky? Spcae labs in space? Or… on farms, surounded by cattle grids! (It’s a Mini adventure. Brits should get me.)
Forgive me my typos. Horsebots are eating my brains.
They have already deployed an armed tracked robot and are working on a more advanced wheeled version that could be either armed or just used for cargo. 1700 of them, half of them armed, with first operational readiness by 2014. There would be 1 robot per 29 people in a brigade.
I suspect if BigDog is ready around the same time, or a bit later, the combined robot/human US force would be as much psychological warfare as anything if one were to witness it marching by. If they get 72 virgins for blowing up an infidel, do they get 72 laptops for blowing up a BigDog? I suspect for this reason alone, collapsing the Jihadist mentality, you may see all-robot platoons operating under remote supervision. Then things really get scary.
[...] she used that momentum to lengthen her stride and start walking along. It was like watching a Big Dog, sort of. There was another doll that actually was a Barbie that moved in much the same way. [...]
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