A good friend of mine on Facebook found a very interesting article. One that I just HAVE to post about. We are getting so close to living in a VERY different world. Films like Terminator are NOT just science fiction, they are becoming a reality. I was blown away when I read about DARPA and what the military are up to. You simply MUST go to this article and read it. I will just post a teaser here, but the article does go into the same concerns that I have. Please, PLEASE read the whole thing, it’s NOT very long…
DARPA’s website says that the robots will help “conduct humanitarian, disaster relief and related operations.”
“The plan identifies requirements to extend aid to victims of natural or man-made disasters and conduct evacuation operations.”reads the brief, first released in April as part of DARPA’s ‘Robotics Challenge’.The robots will operate with “supervised autonomy”, according to DARPA, and will be able to act intelligently by themselves, making their own decisions if and when direct supervision is not possible.
The Pentagon also envisions that the robots will be able to use basic and diverse “tools”.
“The primary technical goal of the DRC is to develop ground robots capable of executing complex tasks in dangerous, degraded, human-engineered environments. Competitors in the DRC are expected to focus on robots that can use standard tools and equipment commonly available in human environments, ranging from hand tools to vehicles, with an emphasis on adaptability to tools with diverse specifications.” reads the original brief. [source]