Scary Boston Dynamics, Robot: Petman Tests Camo


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Recently Google inc bought Boston Dynamics, a company that makes robots. They are famous for a "robot dog" and "cheetah". They were funded and working with DARPA, which is the DoD's research / development arm for defence innovation. They want to use robots in warfare.

This is the latest from them, it is a bit unsettling seeing a humanoid robot.

Although Terminator 1 and 2 are amongst my favourite action movies, I really do not want to see them coming true! Drones are already enough of a blight on humanity. These are human operated, but autonomous drones also exist. So it can be argued that robots are already being used in warfare.

sister herb

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Sounds alarming. I listened some weeks ago discussions about using robots replacing soldiers and depaters talked about situations when at the warfields is also civilians. To those robots there isn´t any differences between enemy soldiers and civilians - human soldiers have (so sometimes) some moral to choose they enemies from the soldiers only but robot just follow orders it has got.

Also they talked about situation where robot has commited massacre of civilians. Who is accountable of it and who should be penalized? The engineers, programmers, leaders or robot itself...


Also what might happens if some virus will attack to kind of robots... Soon no need to watch the science fiction movies to be scary.



Don't worry brother n sis,
Robots has many weak points
and especially that
we have many device created earlier than robots
they definitely
will lose out to dominate this world like what we saw in movies.
None of such will happen none explain in the holy qur'an and hadis
Only Dajal that will come eventually and kill the kaffirin ( non believers) !
~May Allah swt help,protect and guide all muslims~Amin!

Thank you for sharing,
~Wassalam :)


Laa ilaha ilaa Allah
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For your entertainment our Ameer, I dug out a couple of pieces I wrote for a course a few years ago. I don't remember what the questions were exactly, but they were meant for discussion


Here I am, brain the size of a planet…” **

Today’s robots lack the capabilities to devise a threat, are unable to communicate it effectively to each other, and are not numerous enough to execute it. We can wait for their batteries to run out, fleeing up stairs is not necessary.

To reach a situation of impending domination, obstacles must be tackled:
  • Mobility – ground-based robots are currently restricted to carefully controlled environments, though the rover Spirit has been guided round Mars for over 3.5 years.
  • Autonomy – Research continues into improving solar and biomass energy supply. Robots will need to meet their own energy needs, and be able to repair themselves and/or construct new robots.
  • Intelligence – increased computer power and disk storage is not sufficient. Robots need programming, and sophisticated behaviours such as free will require sophisticated programs.
Extensive studies will be conducted on anatomy and psychology of living creatures. While new technologies evolve, cures for thousands of ailments may arise; the question may be better “What kind of world would robots take over?”

Proponents of Weak AI dismiss all question of a robot takeover, while proponents of Strong AI cannot predict the outcome of such intelligence, even the safeguards of Asimov’s Laws had unforeseen outcomes. All robots might sink into depression instead. World domination simply plays on our fears and makes lurid scenarios for Science-Fiction.

** Edit: For anyone reading this, I should add this is a reference to my favourite fiction robot ever, Marvin the Paranoid Android from Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy


Robot Wars – A New Hope?

Potential applications for robots in the military are not just in the domain of Science Fiction, some are already in use. Goalkeeper CIWS - Robotic anti-missile guns using radar, working completely independent of human interaction once started are used by the Royal Navy to protect warships. MQ-9 Reapers - Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) equipped not only for surveillance but with attack capabilities have been used by the RAF in Afghanistan. Small, mobile TALON robots have been used in Bosnia for bomb disposal.

Robot tanks and humanoid soldiers are in development, but not without many challenges. Mobility in varying terrains remains difficult, as does the sophisticated intelligence required for target recognition. While the public may have few issues with a bomb-disposal robot, potential androids with heavy armaments moving among civilians are surely more alarming.

Progress has been made in support roles, eg medical care. While public opinion may be divided, preservation of human life is a highly compelling argument. Whereas human-human combat has high mortality rates, in the future one soldier could remotely command an entire army, wars could be fought without a single casualty. The fully robotic battlefield scenes of Star Wars films are however still several years away.